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: Plouffe OK, but out of lineup tonight

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 6, 2013 - 4:59 PM

One day after his major-league pitching debut, Jamey Carroll moves over to third base to allow Andrew Albers to make his. And it's an unusual lineup behind the Canadian lefthander. Joe Mauer will play first base for the first time since July 7, Carroll and Doug Bernier will form the left side of the infield, and Chris Colabello will be in right field.

Trevor Plouffe is OK after falling into a cement dugout-like seating area last night; he said he didn't hit his head, and the impact of hitting the padded railing left no bruise. But "his head is getting in the way a little bit," manager Ron Gardenhire said of the third baseman, meaning he's noticed frustration over his recent slump at the plate creeping in to other parts of his game. Plouffe -- who is 6-for-54 (.111) since the All-Star break -- was picked off first base in the fourth inning, and Gardenhire perceived that as a symptom of his mental state, that he wasn't paying close enough attention.

Pedro Florimon, meanwhile, will take batting practice from both sides of the plate today, Gardenhire said -- he's already been hitting in a batting cage -- and assuming there is no lingering pain in his left wrist, he should be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

One other development about the roster: After watching the Twins being limited to four hits on Monday, the front office has decided that if Josh Willingham's rehab games go well this week, and he arrives in Chicago by midday on Friday, he will likely be activated between games of the doubleheader. The Twins definitely could use another power bat in the lineup.

Here are tonight's lineups, as the Twins try to break their five-game losing streak against Kansas City:

TWINS

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

Albers LHP

ROYALS

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

Shields RHP 

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