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.
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. -- Justin Morneau said he hopes to be back in the lineup Thursday. He's been out with general soreness since Saturday but said it is definitely a minor issue.
Glen Perkins will make his first start of the spring for the Twins today, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Twins are 5-7 this spring. Tampa Bay is 10-3.
(Note: Be sure to check out La Velle's piece on Twins prospects Miguel Angel Sano, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco. It ran exclusively in the Sunday paper but is up on Startribune.com now.)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Nick Punto, 3B
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Wilson Ramos, C
7. Luke Hughes, 2B
8. Brock Peterson, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: Glen Perkins, Jeff Manship, Jesse Crain, Anthony Swarzak, Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett, Anthony Slama, Rob Delaney.
1. Sean Rodriguez, CF
2. Gabe Kapler, RF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Hank Blalock, DH
5. Kelly Shoppach, C
6. Justin Ruggiano, LF
7. Reid Brignac, 2B
8. Ryan Shealy, 1B
9. Elliot Johnson, SS
Pitching: James Shields, Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, Lance Cormier, Joaquin Benoit.
Charlotte Sports Park. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). No TV. Twins Radio Network
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