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.

Tarp off, looks like Twins game is on in soggy Chicago

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 3, 2014 - 11:56 AM

    CHICAGO -- Opinions are mixed here at U.S. Cellular Field about whether today's 1:10 p.m. game between the Twins and White Sox will be played. A steady, cold rain is falling, and the current temperature is 37 degrees.

    But the White Sox employees I've encountered here at the ballpark believe we'll wait out the rain, which is supposed to slack off by 2 p.m. I'm skeptical -- the temperature isn't supposed to reach 40 degrees, the field is soaked, and both teams have flights to make day games tomorrow. Besides, I cannot imagine more than a couple hundred fans showing up in this awful weather; there were only 10,000 here (or so they say) in chilly but dry conditions tomorrow.

    If they do play, Phil Hughes will make his Twins debut, facing White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana.

    The Twins have arrived and are in the visiting clubhouse, with batting practice cancelled. Check back to see who's right about today's game.

    UPDATE: So much for my weather-predicting skills. It's still raining lightly, but the grounds crew has removed the tarp and is preparing the infield. There still are a couple of puddles visible in the outfield, but we're told they will disappear soon. The Twins have broken out their cold-weather gear, and all signs point to the game going on as scheduled.

    It's 36 degrees at the moment and overcast, so it'll be plenty cold and wet. That may have something to do with Ron Gardenhire's decision to make Joe Mauer the designated hitter today, and put Chris Colabello at first base. "He's a mudder," Gardenhire said of Colabello.

    Here are today's lineups, including the 2014 debut for Hughes and Josmil Pinto:



Dozier 2B

Mauer DH

Willingham LF

Colabello 1B

Plouffe 3B

Arcia RF

Pinto C

Hicks CF

Escobar SS


Hughes RHP




Eaton CF

Semien 3B

Abreu 1B

Dunn DH

A. Garcia RF

De Aza LF

Ramirez SS

Flowers C

L. Garcia 2B


Quintana LHP


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