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: Mauer hitting off a tee in Target Field

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: September 2, 2013 - 1:07 PM

HOUSTON -- A few notes and tidbits before the Labor Day matinee in Minute Maid Park:

-- Joe Mauer is batting off a tee today in Target Field, and will take live batting practice tomorrow. So far, he's had no relapse, the Twins say, so he could come off the concussion disabled list this weekend.

-- Pedro Hernandez will start Tuesday's game here, unless they have no choice but to use him today, in a blowout or extra innings. It will be his eighth start of the year.

-- Kyle Gibson has been shut down for the year, after reaching 151 innings pitched this season. Said Terry Ryan, "we consider this season a success" for Gibson, who should have no inning restriction next year.

-- The Twins plan to announce September call-ups tomorrow, unless Rochester makes the playoffs this afternoon. Ron Gardenhire wouldn't say who will be on the list, though he said, "We need [Chris] Parmelee."

Here are today's lineups:


Presley CF
Mastroianni RF
Dozier 2B
Willingham DH
Plouffe 3B
Herrmann C
Colabello 1B
Thomas LF
Florimon SS

Albers LHP


Grossman LF
Altuve 2B
Castro C
Dominguez 3B
Carter 1B
Crowe RF
Barnes CF
Hoes DH
Villar SS

Clemens RHP


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