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.

Pregame: Arcia moves into No. 3 spot in lineup

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Rookies Updated: July 4, 2013 - 12:21 PM

The Twins, like all major-league teams, are wearing white caps today with red, white and blue stars in the logo. The Twins' version has a red bill, the Yankees' navy blue, and honestly, they look like something you'd find in the bargain rack of a sporting-good store. But that's a quibble -- conditions are just about perfect otherwise on a beautiful afternoon at Target Field.

Minnesota will try to avoid a four-game sweep to the Yankees, with Kyle Gibson on the mound, facing David Phelps. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire complimented the rookie's composure before the game, and says he has no worries about Gibson's ability to handle the pressure, not after his terrific debut last Saturday.

Gardenhire also believes in the composure of Oswaldo Arcia, another rookie who is No. 3 in the batting order today. Arcia already leads all rookies in RBIs, doubles and extra-base hits, and he's tied with Aaron Hicks and Conor Gillaspie for the rookie home-run lead.

The Twins' usual No. 3 hitter lately, Ryan Doumit, is recovering from a sprained ankle and was the catcher last night, so Gardenhire said he decided to give him a day to recover, rather than put him in right field. That left Arcia as a natural for the No. 3 spot, a position he has occupied only once before, in the second game of the Twins' doubleheader against Miami on April 23.

"Arcia's a swinger. He's not afraid to let it fly," Gardenhire said. "He's not going to worry about where he's hitting. So put him in there and let him hack."

Here are the lineups for the windup of the Twins' eight-game homestand (they're 2-5 so far):

YANKEES

Ichiro CF
Almonte LF
Cano 2B
Hafner DH
Wells RF
Overbay 1B
Cruz SS
Gonzalez 3B
Romine C

Phelps RHP

TWINS

Dozier 2B
Mauer C
Arcia LF
Morneau DH
Plouffe 3B
Parmelee 1B
Hicks CF
Thomas RF
Florimon SS

Gibson RHP
 

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