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.

Big crowd expected as May makes debut

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 9, 2014 - 6:18 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The interest in Trevor May's major-league debut is startlingly high. Hundreds of fans were lined up at the O.co Coliseum gates five hours before first pitch, and there's a festive mood in the stands during batting practice.

    OK, maybe the crowd thing has more to do with Tony LaRussa bobblehead night, but it's still going to be a fun atmosphere for May's first game. The A's may not draw the biggest crowds -- it's been 20,000 each of the first two nights -- but they do a good job of backing their team here, with soccer-style chants, flags and the swaying to the sax music of "Careless Whisper" when Josh Reddick bats.

    Maybe the mellow music will keep May from getting too keyed up, because he knows nerves are his biggest obstacle tonight. Well, nerves and the highest-scoring offense in the majors. May will be pitching to his Rochester teammate Eric Fryer, with Kurt Suzuki getting a night off before tomorrow's day game.

    Here are the lineups for tonight's game, as the Twins try to break an 11-game losing streak to Oakland:

TWINS

 

Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Plouffe 3B

Vargas DH

Willingham LF

Parmelee 1B

Escobar SS

Fryer C

Schafer RF

 

May RHP

 

A's

 

Crisp CF

Fuld LF

Donaldson 

Moss 1B

Norris C

Reddick RF

Lowrie SS

Vogt DH

Sogard 2B

 

Samardzija RHP

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