Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Postgame: Ortiz feels right at home in Target Field

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 18, 2013 - 12:08 AM

A handful of leftovers from the Twins' 3-2 loss in 10 innings:

-- Against what American League team (not counting the Astros) does David Ortiz have his highest career batting average (.323) and highest OPS (1.223)? Yep, it's his old team the Twins. Shame he didn't stay, because Ortiz seems to love Target Field the way Joe Mauer loves Fenway Park. After putting on an upper-deck aerial show during batting practice, Big Papi lined three hits in his first three at-bats Friday, and drew a walk in the 10th inning. That brings Ortiz's career batting average in Target Field to an astonishing .471 (he's 16 for 34).

-- The Red Sox are legendary for playing long games, but this one would have ended in less than three hours if not for the extra innings. Wouldn't have believed that early on; the game was two hours old in the fifth inning. Of course, no Twin reached base after the fifth; Boston retired the last 17 Twins hitters in a row.

-- Pedro Florimon now has three career home runs; the two this year are both against the Red Sox.

-- The Twins are now 1-4 in extra innings, which is odd considering how well their bullpen has pitched up to this point. Tonight was also the third time this year they have been limited to four hits.


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