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.

This isn't about Cliff Lee, it's about Liriano vs. Verlander

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: July 9, 2010 - 4:27 PM

DETROIT -- OK, Cliff Lee is heading to the Rangers, not the Yankees.

But the point I made earlier still stands. The way the Twins have played in their 5-11 stretch, it's reasonable to wonder if Lee could have lifted them to the postseason. It's time for the players who are here to turn things around. Now is the perfect time, with a three-game weekend series in Detroit, right before the All-Star break.

It starts with Francisco Liriano vs. Justin Verlander. I'll be back later with the starting lineup and update on Justin Morneau.

Update: The big news here is that Twins first baseman Justin Morneau still has a headache from the concussion he suffered Wednesday night. He is not only questionable for this series but questionable for the All-Star Game.

TWINS (45-40)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. J.J. Hardy, SS
9. Nick Punto, 3B

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (6-6, 3.32 ERA)

TIGERS (46-37)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ryan Raburn, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Brennan Boesch, RF
6. Carlos Guillen, 2B
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Danny Worth, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Justin Verlander (10-5, 3.85 ERA)

Comerica Park. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

 

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