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.

Pregame: Cabrera out of lineup for Tigers in finale

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:52 AM

    As if the upcoming week isn't hard enough -- the Twins have seven road games against first-place teams directly ahead -- they first must deal with Cy Young winner Max Scherzer today in the finale of a four-game series with Detroit. Minnesota has gone 4-6 on this 11-game homestand at Target Field, but the bats have come to life this weekend; the Twins have outscored the Tigers 38-18 in the first three games, winning two.

    Scherzer is a different matter, of course, at least when he's at his best. He's thrown a quality start in nine of his last 11 outings, he's second in the league in strikeouts, he's won four straight games against the Twins, and in his last appearance at Target Field, he picked up the victory in the All-Star Game.

    Kyle Gibson, who pitched seven shutout innings the last time he faced Detroit, will oppose Scherzer, and the righthander gets a bit of a break. Miguel Cabrera tweaked his right ankle during last night's game, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has decided to give the two-time MVP an extra day off, to go with the one the Tigers get tomorrow.

    The Twins' lineup is the same one that manager Ron Gardenhire has used, mostly, for the past two weeks.




Davis CF

Kinsler 1B

Hunter RF

V. Martinez DH

J.T. Martinez LF

Castellanos 3B

Avila C

Suarez SS

Kelly 1B


Scherzer RHP




Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Vargas DH

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Suzuki C

Escobar SS

Schafer LF


Gibson RHP



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