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.

Twins claim Cubs' Brooks Riley off waivers

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: February 12, 2014 - 2:47 PM

    The Twins filled their vacant roster spot on Wednesday by adding another left-handed pitcher to their spring competition, claiming 25-year-old Brooks Raley off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

    The Texas A&M alum, a sixth-round pick by the Cubs in 2009, has spent a month in the majors in each of the last two seasons, with mixed results. In five starts in August 2012, Raley was hit hard, going 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. But he returned to Chicago as a bullpen arm last September, and showed improvement, posting a 5.14 ERA in 14 innings.

    Raley, who supplements a 90-mph fastball with a good curveball, will be given a chance to compete for a long-relief job in the Twins' bullpen, but he's likely to start 2014 with Class AAA Rochester, potentially in the Red Wings' rotation. Raley, who owns a career 3.92 ERA in the minors, and 4.15 at Triple-A, helps the Twins address their lack of  left-handed depth, with only Scott Diamond in the mix as a starter, and Brian Duensing and Caleb Thielbar projected for the bullpen. Raley assumes the roster spot that opened when Andrew Albers signed with a team in South Korea earlier this month.

    Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday, with the first workout scheduled for Monday.


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