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: Morneau, Doumit out vs. LHP Moore

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: July 11, 2013 - 10:37 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rochester Red Wings had just lost in a walk-off to Scranton-Wilkes Barre, and manager Gene Glynn called a team meeting.

"Usually after a loss, a meeting means it's something bad," Michael Tonkin said Thursday morning. "But this one wasn't."

Nope. Glynn briefly discussed a few things that had gone wrong in the 8-7 loss, then got to the reason he called the meeting: To announce that Tonkin was headed to the big leagues. "It was pretty exciting," Tonkin said.

No doubt. The circumstances aren't perfect -- Caleb Thielbar is on bereavement leave, opening a roster spot for three days -- but Tonkin, who spent part of three seasons in Beloit and then jetted up the system in less than 13 months, isn't complaining. "It's a great opportunity for me," he said, especially since the Twins essentially told him that they might consider keeping him around if he shows he's ready.

He'll be pressed into service right away, after the Twins used six relievers last night in their 13-inning loss, their fourth straight and 10th in their last 11 games. The Twins want Mike Pelfrey to go six or seven innings, but no matter what happens, Tonkin, whose parents rushed to St. Petersburg from Palmdale, Calif., is almost certain to be the first reliever up today.

Here are today's lineups, with Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit on the bench after last night's nearly-five-hour marathon:


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

Pelfrey RHP


Joyce LF
Myers RF
Scott DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Johnson LF
Lobaton C
Fuld CF
Rodriguez SS

Matt Moore LHP


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