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.

Morneau out with the flu; Hardy scratched with sore wrist

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 5, 2010 - 7:03 PM

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- Francisco Liriano won his first start on this road trip, when the Twins defeated Seattle 5-4 on Monday night. It was his 29th career victory. Hard to believe, considering all the hype and all the coverage, he's still looking for career win No. 30.

The Twins will try to help get it for him tonight, when they face righthander Trevor Cahill, another talented young pitcher from the A's stable. Cahill allowed just one run in each of his past three starts, going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and holding opponents to a .200 batting average.

Will check to see how Orlando Hudson, J.J. Hardy, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer are feeling and post the lineups ASAP.

Morneu is 3-for-5 with a home run off Cahill, so the guess here is he'll be playing.

Update: Morneau will miss tonight's game with the stomach flu. That certainly simplifies the decision. This will give Morneau a chance to give his whole body a break, though Manager Ron Gardenhire said it's possible Morneau will feel well enough to pinch hit late in the game.

Also, the Twins have optioned Pat Neshek from the disabled list and optioned him to Class AAA Rochester.

Update: Shortstop J.J. Hardy was scratched from the lineup during batting practice because of a sore left wrist. Nick Punto moves from second base to shortstop, and Matt Tolbert will bat second, playing second base.

TWINS (32-23)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS Matt Tolbert, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Brendan Harris, 1B
9. Nick Punto, 2B SS

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (5-3, 3.29 ERA)

ATHLETICS (29-26)

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Mark Ellis, 2B
3. Kurt Suzuki, DH
4. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
5. Adam Rosales, SS
6. Jake Fox, C
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Cliff Pennington, SS
9. Eric Patterson, LF

First pitch: 8:07 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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