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.

Friday night lineups: Twins/Orioles

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 26, 2010 - 5:54 PM

SARASOTA, FLA. -- After having a six-game winning streak snapped Thursday against Tampa Bay, the Twins will face Baltimore tonight at Ed Smith Stadium.

Brian Roberts, who has been out with a back injury, returns to second base tonight for the Orioles, and their lineup looks so much better with him on top. Scott Baker, who has a 0.64 ERA, will get a good test here in his fifth spring start.

Jacque Jones gets another start for the Twins, this time at DH, as they take on talented young righthander Chris Tillman.

Update: The Twins announced that Joe Nathan's elbow surgery today was a success. Dr. David Altcheck, the Mets team physician, removed a tendon from Nathan's left wrist and inserted it into his right elbow, repairing the ulnar collateral ligament. This is commonly known as Tommy John surgery.

Also, Manager Ron Gardenhire said he met with Pat Neshek today. The tentative plan, if Neshek keeps feeling good, is to have the righthander pitch tonight, Sunday and then in back-to-back days next week. If all goes well, Neshek could break camp with the team.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Alexi Casilla, SS

3. Michael Cuddyer, RF

4. Jacque Jones, DH

5. Delmon Young, LF

6. Brendan Harris, 3B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Brock Peterson, 1B

9. Matt Tolbert, 2B

Scheduled pitchers: Scott Baker, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshek, Anthony Slama.


1. Brian Roberts, 2B

2. Miguel Tejada, 3B

3. Nick Markakis, RF

4. Matt Wieters, DH

5. Adam Jones, CF

6. Luke Scott, 1B

7. Nolan Reimold, LF

8. Craig Tatum, C

9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Scheduled pitchers: Chris Tillman, Jason Berken, Cla Merideth.

Ed Smith Stadium. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). No TV. Twins Radio Network


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