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.
J.J. Hardy is out for early batting practice, and we'll find out soon if he's being activated from the disabled list.
This will be a rematch of the May 14 pitching matchup at Yankee Stadium. A.J. Burnett left that game with the Yankees leading 3-2 in the seventh inning. LHP Damaso Marte entered, and Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau had back-to-back RBI hits, giving the Twins the lead.
The rest will leave Twins fans saying, "Don't remind me." Francisco Cervelli singled, Derek Jeter doubled, Manager Ron Gardenhire hooked Scott Baker, and after getting an out, Brian Duensing intentionally walked Mark Teixeira. Matt Guerrier came in to face Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod hit a grand slam.
I mention it just as a frame of reference for these starting pitchers. Burnett had a rough one his next start, as he gave up six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay. After going 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts, Burnett is 1-2 with an 8.15 ERA in his past three.
Baker is coming off a quality start at Fenway Park, last Tuesday, when the Twins lost to the Red Sox, 3-2.
Note: Don't let it sneak up on you. Wednesday's game has been moved to 6:10 p.m., as it will be shown on ESPN in addition to FSN.
Update: Hardy is in the lineup. No word on the official roster move.
Update: To make room for Hardy, Trevor Plouffe has been optioned to Class AAA Rochester. Nick Punto, who had a cortisone injection in his finger Sunday, won't be able to hit tonight, but should be ready in a day or two.
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Brett Gardner, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Juan Miranda, 1B
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Kevin Russo, LF
Starting pitcher: RH A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.86 ERA)
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. Brendan Harris, 3B
Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (4-4, 4.88 ERA)
Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network.
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