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.

Twins try to avoid sweep against Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 24, 2010 - 11:52 AM

MILWAUKEE -- The Twins haven't been swept by the Brewers since 1996. Today, they'll send struggling righthander Nick Blackburn to the mound, opposite Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo.

Waiting for the Twins lineup, but will post it after getting back from the clubhouse.

Update: Joe Mauer is not in the lineup with a day game after a night game, but he's a candidate to pinch hit at some point.

Update: After going 15-8 in April and 16-12 in May, the Twins are 9-11 in June.

"This is a long season and we’re just trying to grind it out," Manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday night. "You’re going to go through stretches where you play really good, you’re going to go through stretches where you play bad.

"We’re playing really good baseball teams right now. Milwaukee started playing better before we saw them. The Mets are playing great baseball. Philadelphia went through and beat the Yankees. You’re facing good teams. At home we faced Colorado, Atlanta -- it’s tough to just run over these people.

"We’ve got a few people beat up and hurt. No excuses, but it’s a tough part of the schedule, you’ve just got to keep grinding it out. We’re going to try not to get too high or too low -- that’s what our goal is."

Update: Delmon Young now ranks second on the team with 47 RBI, two behind Justin Morneau. Asked if he's considered moving Young up in the lineup, Gardenhire said, "When you’ve got a guy who’s got almost 50 RBI in the seventh spot, that means he’s coming up with chances to knock in runs, so why move him out of there?

"We had that argument with A.J. Pierzynksi, way back when he was batting eighth. A.J. came in in tons of spots to drive in runs. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to start moving guys unless the lineup’s not producing up and down, and I think we’re doing OK, we’re scoring runs."

TWINS (40-31)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Nick Punto, SS
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Nick Blackburn, P

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (6-4, 5.80 ERA)

BREWERS (31-40)

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
2. Corey Hart, RF
3. Prince Fielder, 1B
4. Ryan Braun, LF
5. Casey McGehee, 3B
6. Jim Edmonds, CF
7. Jonathan Lucroy, C
8. Craig Counsell, SS
9. Yovani Gallardo, P

Starting pitcher: RH Yovani Gallardo (6-3, 2.59 ERA)

Miller Park. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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