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.
FORT MYERS -- While the Twins come to grips with the terrible news that closer Joe Nathan has a torn ligament in his right elbow, and is likely done for the season, baseball goes on.
Today, the Twins have loaded their lineup with several of their top hitters, with the Cardinals in town, sans Albert Pujols.
1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
2. Julio Lugo, SS
3. Colby Rasmus, CF
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Ryan Ludwick, RF
6. David Freese, 3B
7. Dan Descalso, DH
8. Joe Mather, 1B
9. Jason LaRue, C
Scheduled pitchers: Adam Wainwright, Adam Ottavino, Evan MacLane, Francisco Samuel, Eduardo Sanchez, Shelby Miller.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. J.J. Hardy, SS
9. Nick Punto, 3B
Scheduled pitchers: Carl Pavano, Jesse Crain, Glen Perkins, Anthony Slama, Alex Burnett, Jeff Manship, Chris Province.
Hammond Stadium. First pitch: 12:05 p.m.
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