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.

Perkins says he's ready to pitch in fourth in a row

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 5, 2013 - 5:42 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a nice problem to have, Ron Gardenhire said a few minutes ago, trying to decide whether you are overworking your closer. Glen Perkins pitched in all three games of the Twins' weekend sweep of the Astros, and there may be a decision to make if the Twins have a late lead tonight.

"If he says he feels great, we go with what he says he feels," Gardenhire said of his closer, whose 44 innings are fewest among pitchers who have been with the Twins all year. "Perk will tell us. If he's a little beat up, or his arm is a little dead, he'll definitely tell us. We've had him do it before. As long as he's honest with us, we're OK with that."

The 30-year-old closer said he's "good to go," in the Twins' clubhouse before the game. Perkins hasn't pitched on four straight days since June 30-July 3 of last season.

The Twins have lost five of their six games at Kauffman Stadium this year, and were swept by the Royals in Target Field last week, so they definitely have some trends they want to reverse. So does Kevin Correis, tonight's starter, who won only one game in June and one game in July.

Pedro Florimon remains out for another game with a wrist injury, but he's on the field taking batting practice, and should return during this series.

Tonight's lineups:

TWINS

Dozier 2B
Mauer C
Morneau 1B
Doumit DH
Arcia LF
Plouffe 3B
Herrmann RF
Thomas CF
Bernier SS

Correia RHP

ROYALS

Cain RF
Hosmer 1B
Butler DH
Gordon LF
Tejada 2B
Moustakas 3B
Kottaras C
Escobar SS
Dyson CF

Guthrie RHP
 

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