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.

Matchup of promising pitchers in road-trip finale

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 13, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    HOUSTON -- The Twins' seven-day road trip (which somehow feels like double that) ends this afternoon with a fairly interesting pitching matchup between young players trying to establish themselves as consistent winners. Brett Oberholtzer, now 25, was a real find for Houston last season, putting up a 2.76 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) as a midseason callup.

    This year started much rougher for the lefthander; he was 0-6 one week into May and lost his job. But the lefty has bounced back well, and the Astros have won his last five starts, all of them quality starts, including back-to-back wins over Oakland. He has a 2.91 ERA in those games, and has allowed more than three earned runs just once in his last nine outings.

    On the other side is 26-year-old Kyle Gibson, whose up-and-down fortunes are well known to Twins fans. His control problems were fatal in last Friday's loss in Oakland, turning into five earned runs, but he's had eight starts where he didn't allow a run. He's making his first start ever in Minute Maid Park, while Olberholtzer is making his first start ever against the Twins.

    Here are the lineups for today's getaway game:



Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Vargas DH

Plouffe 3B

Nunez LF

Arcia RF

Fryer C

Escobar SS


Gibson RHP




Grossman LF

Altuve 2B

Carter DH

Fowler CF

Singleton 1B

Corporan C

Dominguez 3B

Marisnick RF

Gonzalez SS


Oberholtzer LHP


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