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 still out with the flu; Hudson could be headed to the DL

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 6, 2010 - 2:17 PM

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- I'm sure it'll be a while until the Twins post today's lineup. So much will depend on how players feel when they get to the Coliseum.

Justin Morneau? J.J. Hardy? Joe Mauer? Those decisions could go either way.

One sure thing is Nick Blackburn will be on the mound for the Twins. After going 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in May, he didn't make it through the fourth inning Tuesday in a 7-1 loss at Seattle.

Hard to imagine, after all they've been through, that the Twins are 3-3 on this road trip with the chance to go home a winner today. The Twins haven't had a three-game sweep at the Oakland Coliseum since 1997.

Updates to come...

Update: Morneau and Hardy are not in the lineup, and Mauer is the DH. Morneau is still sick. Hardy (sore wrist) is available to come off the bench. Actually, Morneau might be good for a pinch-hit appearance, too.

Orlando Hudson could be headed to the DL. The Twins need to trim someone from their roster to make room for Michael Cuddyer after the game, and Gardy said he does not want to send out a healthy player. Gardy has been talking to Hudson. We'll find out after the game.

Hardy has been taking new medication for his wrist, and Gardy said they're going to try to keep him from swinging the bat until at least Tuesday. But if Hardy isn't better by Tuesday, he might have to go on the DL, too.

TWINS (33-23)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (6-2, 4.73 ERA)

ATHLETICS (29-28)

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. Ryan Sweeney, RF
4. Kurt Suzuki, C
5. Jack Cust, DH
6. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Mark Ellis, 2B
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Starting pitcher: LH Gio Gonzalez (5-3, 3.68 ERA)

Oakland Coliseum. First pitch: 3:05 p.m. TV: Ch. 29 (WFTC). Twins Radio Network

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