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.

Game 2: Twins vs. Angels (and the virtues of In-n-Out Burger)

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: April 6, 2010 - 7:42 PM

ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- Made another run to In-n-Out Burger today. It was my second trip in four days. The other came about 30 minutes after I landed on Saturday night.

To me, In-n-Out is still the best fast-food burger place you'll find. Five Guys belongs in the discussion, and yes, I like the fries better there. But I lived out here for five years after college, and In-n-Out became a staple. Whenever I'm back, I'm drawn there like a magnet.

This is a long way of saying I'm wondering which will happen more this week: the Twins beating the Angels or me eating at In-n-Out? Right now it's 2-0, and tonight, the Twins are up against a tough lefthander, in Joe Saunders.

* Twins are going with their Opening Night lineup again. Had thought Brendan Harris might get a shot against Saunders, but Harris is 0-for-3 in his career off the lefty and Punto is 4-for-12.

* The Angels are also using the same lineup. Jeff Mathis gets the nod over Mike Napoli at catcher again. Mathis went deep Monday against Scott Baker, but Napoli is 4-for-8 in his career against Twins starter Nick Blackburn.

* The Twins signed former Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko to play center field for Class AAA Rochester.

* LHP Ron Mahay has been assigned to the Class A Fort Myers roster. The Twins just want him to get some more appearances. The competition doesn't matter. Pitching in a minor-league intrasquad game Tuesday, he allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.

Update: Twins got good news on RHP Clay Condrey today, as his MRI exam showed a flexor strain but no other structural or liagment damage, according to GM Bill Smith. The Twins will have Condrey rest for about 10-14 days, and they hope he can be back on a mound soon after that.

TWINS (0-1)

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Orlando Hudson, 2B

3. Joe Mauer, C

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Michael Cuddyer, RF

6. Jason Kubel, DH

7. Delmon Young, LF

8. J.J. Hardy, SS

9. Nick Punto, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn

ANGELS (1-0)

1. Erick Aybar, SS

2. Bobby Abreu, RF

3. Torii Hunter, CF

4. Hideki Matsui, DH

5. Kendry Morales, 1B

6. Juan Rivera, LF

7. Howie Kendrick, 2B

8. Brandon Wood, 3B

9. Jeff Mathis, C

Starting pitcher: LH Joe Saunders

Angel Stadium. First pitch: 9:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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