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.

Mauer and Hardy show progress but still not in the lineup

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: May 6, 2010 - 7:26 PM

Joe Mauer tested his bruised left heel with some early batting practice and hit a few balls into the seats, but he said he's not sure when he'll be back in the lineup. It was another step forward, at least.

J.J. Hardy said his strained left wrist feels much improved today, but he also is not in the lineup, with the Twins set to open a four-game series with the struggling Orioles.

ORIOLES (7-21)

1. Adam Jones, CF

2. Nick Markakis, RF

3. Matt Wieters, C

4. Miguel Tejada, 3B

5. Ty Wigginton, 2B

6. Garrett Atkins, DH

7. Rhyne Hughes, 1B

8. Nolan Reimold, LF

9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Brad Bergesen (1-2, 10.57 ERA)

TWINS (19-9)

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Orlando Hudson, 2B

3. Justin Morneau, 1B

4. Jim Thome, DH

5. Michael Cuddyer, RF

6. Jason Kubel, LF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Alexi Casilla, SS

9. Nick Punto, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH Carl Pavano (3-2, 3.73 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network


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