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 look back tonight -- and ahead

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 5, 2014 - 5:36 PM

    The powder blue uniforms are back tonight. The Twins are wearing their 1980s throwbacks against their former American League rivals, the Brewers, who are in the old Molitor-era glove-and-ball uniforms. For those of us who were around when these were the standard uniforms, it's really easy to imagine Kirby Puckett and Robin Yount in the lineups tonight.

    It's funny that the Twins would hold Turn Back the Clock Night, since today the focus is so much on the team's future. The Twins will add a future Puckett or Johan Santana, they hope, around 6:30 p.m., when they select fifth in the amateur draft. Asked for his opinion on who the team should select, manager Ron Gardenhire joked, "Whoever is closest to the majors."

    The Twins have a couple of first-round picks in their lineup tonight, in Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe. The latter will serve as the designated hitter, just in an effort, Gardenhire said, to keep backup infielder Eduardo Nunez fresh.

    For updates on the draft, check La Velle E. Neal's blog and Twitter feed. For updates on the game, my handle is @MillerStrib. Here are tonight's lineups:



Segura SS

Braun RF

Lucroy C

Gomez CF

Ramirez DH

Davis LF

Gennett 2B

Reynolds 3B

Overbay 1B


Peralta RHP




Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Arcia RF

Plouffe DH

Nunez 3B

Pinto C

Escobar SS


Correia RHP


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