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.

Santana back in the infield, for a day

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 14, 2014 - 1:45 PM

    DETROIT -- Brian Dozier pronounced himself completely healthy again on Saturday, but his manager wants him to prove it. So the Twins' second baseman will get one more day off, giving him time to take some ground balls, run the bases, and hit some baseballs in batting practice, all to insure his sore back doesn't flare up again.

    The day off has another benefit, too, manager Ron Gardenhire pointed out: Danny Santana gets to play his preferred position, at least for a day. The rookie shortstop, whose playing time has come in center field this season, still takes ground balls before every game, and he'll take them during the game today, with regular shortstop Eduardo Escobar shifting to second base once more.

    In center, Sam Fuld gets his first start since May 7, and he'll bat in Dozier's spot in the order. Gardenhire made it clear before the game what a relief it is for him to have an experienced outfielder with range in between Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia. Santana hasn't been bad in center, quite the opposite, but expect Fuld to play frequently.

    Behind the plate, Eric Fryer takes on the role of Samuel Deduno's catcher, which gives Kurt Suzuki a day off. Fryer caught Deduno in Rochester last year and in spring training this year, so he knows what he's in for.

    It's a bit of a shakeup, but maybe that's good; the Twins managed only four hits in last night's 2-0 victory, matching their season-low for a win. But they are 32-33 on the season, and can reach .500 for the first time since May 24. The Tigers, meanwhile, have lost nine of their last 12, and are in danger of losing their grip on the AL Central. Kansas City trails by only 1 1/2 games, the Twins are three back, and Cleveland and Chicago are 3 1/2 behind.

    Anabal Sanchez pitches today; the last time the Twins faced him, Sanchez left the game in the third inning with a blister on his middle finger, an injury that put him on the disabled list.

    Today's lineups:

 

TWINS

 

Santana SS

Fuld CF

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Morales DH

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Fryer C

Escobar 2B

 

Deduno RHP

 

TIGERS

 

Kinsler 2B

Hunter RF

Cabrera 1B

V. Martinez DH

J.D. Martinez LF

Jackson CF

Castellanos 3B

Avila C

Suarez SS

 

Sanchez RHP

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