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.

Postgame update: Twins shuffle rotation

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: April 29, 2010 - 3:18 PM

DETROIT -- Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn left the team to attend to a family matter today, so Kevin Slowey will pitch in Blackburn's place on Friday in Cleveland, with the Saturday's starter to be determined, Manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Joe Mauer and J.J. Hardy sounded confident that they'll be back in the lineup Friday, and Justin Morneau is hopeful.

The 3-0 loss today to Detroit was the Twins' first shutout loss since Aug. 29, 2009, and they also lost their first series of the season. Gardenhire mentioned a lack of patience at the plate and said it was too bad the team wasted a good performance by Carl Pavano, who pitched through a neck injury.

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