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Phil Miller

Reporter | Minnesota Twins and MLB

Phil Miller has covered the Twins for the Star Tribune since 2013. Previously, he covered the University of Minnesota football team, and from 2007-09, he covered the Twins for the Pioneer Press.

A native of Pekin, Ill., Miller attended the University of Utah, and worked for 26 years at The Salt Lake Tribune, spending five years as assistant sports editor, and later as a reporter covering communities, college football and basketball, and the NBA's Utah Jazz.
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Michael A. Taylor won a Gold Glove in 2021 while playing for the Royals.

Twins deal for Gold Glove-winning Taylor to back up Buxton in center

Michael A. Taylor batted .254 in 124 games with nine homers for Kansas City last season — and led American League outfielders in defensive runs saved.
Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez (2) congratulates Carlos Correa (4) after they score in the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., on Wednes

The Correa bet: Twins imagine payoff from their $200 million gamble

"I have no reason to believe there is not plenty more there to this guy," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. Perhaps so, but with a caveat that will be linked to Carlos Correa for the rest of his career
Sonny Gray is at the top of a Twins rotation that as of now appears tobe entirely made up of pitchers acquired via trade. Gray was acquired from Cinci

Twins have rebuilt starting rotation via trades, but at what cost?

Over the past three years, Derek Falvey has brought together a deep pool of potential starters into the Twins' mix all via trade.
The Twins hope to have Kenta Maeda back this season after the 2020 AL Cy Young Award runner-up had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 20

Twins rotation has been heavily built by trades under Derek Falvey

Assuming Pablo Lopez makes a start in 2023, he will be the 14th Twins starting pitcher under Derek Falvey to have been acquired via trade.
Pablo Lopez

Twins trade batting champ Arraez to Miami for pitcher Pablo Lopez, prospects

Lopez, a righthander, was 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA for the Marlins in 32 starts last season. The 26-year-old has been with Miami for his entire career, breaking into the majors in 2018.
The Twins’ wordmark logo at Target Field last summer.

Twins agree to terms with 12 international players

Ariel Castro, a teenage outfielder from Cuba, will get a $2.5 million bonus.
Luis Arraez

Arraez is only unsigned Twin; Paddack gets three-year deal

Friday was a day most arbitration-eligible players settled, but Luis Arraez and the Twins couldn't agree on a figure. Meanwhile, Chris Paddack got a three-year extension despite the prospect he'll miss the season after last year's Tommy John surgery.
Will Carlos Correa eventually end up playing third base for the Twins?

Looking ahead: Is Correa the Twins' third baseman of the future?

Carlos Correa, 28, is going to with the Twins for at least six more seasons, and perhaps as many as 10. Few shortstops retain the athleticism to play shortstop beyond their early 30s.
Twins executive chairJoe Pohlad, President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey, Carlos Correa and Scott Boras at Target Field on Wednesday.

Correa gets OK from Twins after differences of medical opinions

The Giants and Mets backed out of deals because of a troublesome old injury.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa and his son, Kylo, 1, wave to the cameras after a press conference on Wednesday.

'My heart was here.' Correa describes twisting road that led back to Twins

Carlos Correa's agent said team physician Chris Camp was a key figure in erasing any doubts the Twins had after working with the star shortstop last season.
Carlos Correa of the Twins was thrown out at the second base trying to stretch a single on Monday night in Chicago.

In bringing back Correa, Twins went where Giants and Mets wouldn't

Outbid twice for the most sought-after free agent in team history, the Twins turned patience, luck and an out-of-character assumption of risk into their most expensive commitment ever.
A.J. Alexy

Twins pick up pitcher Alexy in trade with Nationals

A.J. Alexy, a 24-year-old righthander, has been a starter and reliever and was waived by Texas in December.
Carlos Correa opted out of his three-year contract with the Twins to pursue a long-term deal in free agency.

Talks between Twins and Correa renewed with Mets deal in limbo

Shortstop Carlos Correa's agreement with the New York Mets has not been signed after three weeks of uncertainty.
Baseball insiders have hinted there may be a chance Carlos Correa will re-sign with the Twins.

Are Twins being used as 'mystery team' for leverage in Correa saga?

Although a deal with the Mets has been agreed upon, it's not final, and rumors continue to fly around baseball world.
Toronto’s Matt Chapman avoided the tag of Angels pitcher Oliver Ortega during a game in May in Anaheim, Calif.

Twins claim right-handed reliever Ortega from Angels

Oliver Ortega, 26, posted a 3.71 ERA in 27 games for the Angels last season, striking out 33 hitters in 34 innings. He has battled control issues during his career.
Carlos Correa appears headed for New York, after a layover in San Francisco.

A second swing at Correa? Mets moved quickly, now he's NYC-bound

The San Francisco Giants balked at Carlos Correa's medical report, opening the door for new negotiations that didn't last long at all.
Joey Gallo, who played for the Yankees and Dodgers last season, signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Twins. Twins officials see potential upsi

Gallo, Twins see optimism in hitting the reset button after a tough season

Team officials are high on the former All-Star's potential upside, and have plans to help him cut down on strikeouts.
Christian Vazquez, singling in the World Series last season, helped the Houston Astros to the championship.

Twins turn page on Correa, begin roster building for next season

Christian Vazquez was added to bolster the catching position — and help the pitching staff.
Joey Gallo finished 2022 with the Dodgers after a miserable start to the season with the Yankees.

Twins add Joey Gallo, slugging and strikeout prone former All-Star

Joey Gallo has averaged over 20 homers a year — and has a career batting average below .200 to show for his eight seasons in the majors.
Royce Lewis could be the Twins shortstop of the future, but knee surgery will keep him out of at least half the 2023 season.

What's next for Twins at shortstop? Here are seven names to know

Recently acquired Kyle Farmer could be the short-term answer and Royce Lewis may still be the long-term solution. But here are some other names to consider in the aftermath of Carlos Correa's departure.
Christian Vazquez finished the 2022 season catching for the eventual World Series champion Astros.

Twins reach three-year deal with former Red Sox, Astros catcher

Christian Vazquez was considered the second-best catcher in free agency behind Willson Contreras, who got a five-year, $87.5 million contract from St. Louis last week.
Patrick Murphy

Twins sign pitcher Murphy to minor-league deal

Patrick Murphy, a 27-year-old righthander, has pitched in the major leagues for Toronto and Washington over the past three seasons.
Austin Luecke practicing for the world championships two years ago.

World Axe Throwing Championships just a state away

Minnesotans are eager for titles at the event, which begins Thursday in Appleton, Wis.
Hammond Stadium, where the Twins play spring training games in Fort Myers, Fla.

Twins add four top prospects to roster, shielding them from draft

Wary of losing some of their brightest prospects to next month's Rule 5 draft, the Twins added three minor league pitchers and a second baseman to their major league roster.
Outfielder Kyle Garlick hit .223 with nine home runs and 18 RBI in 150 at-bats last season, his second with the Twins.

Twins sign outfielder Garlick to one-year deal

Righthanded hitter Kyle Garlick avoided arbitration for a contract worth $750,000.
D’Angelo Russell was nearly perfect on Sunday, missing only two of his 13 shots, scoring 30 points to go along with 12 assists.

Ahead by 25, Wolves need final-seconds defense to hold off Cavaliers

The Timberwolves were up 99-74 late in the third quarter before Cleveland rumbled back, sparked by an NBA season-high 51 points from point guard Darius Garland.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell had his best game of the young season on Sunday.

Timberwolves 129, Cleveland 124: game recap

D'Angelo Russell leads Timberwolves with 30 points and 12 assists.
Senior wide receiver Nick VanErp caught 10 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown Saturday in Collegeville.

St. John's beats Bethel 28-10 to claim fourth straight MIAC football title

The fifth-ranked Johnnies, 9-1, got revenge over the Royals for their lone loss this season, and clinched an eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins hits a single against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at Target Field on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Mi

Arraez wins American League's Silver Slugger for utility players

Luis Arraez became a Silver Slugger on Thursday, which is a little weird. Because the Twins' latest batting champion doesn't consider himself a slugger at all.
Miguel Sano’s 2022 season was ruined because of injuries.

Sano's 13 years with Twins come to an end with contract buyout

The Twins will pay Miguel Sano $2.7 million to let him out of his contract and declined options on two veteran starting pitchers who had disappointing 2022 seasons.
Carlos Correa had a team-high 47 extra-base hits for the Twins in 2022.

Twins shortstop Correa officially opts out of contract

Carlos Correa insisted all season that he wants to return to Minnesota permanently. But he also plans to seek a contract with far more guaranteed money
Carlos Correa (left), Sonny Gray (top right) and Miguel Sano (bottom right) are just three of the players whose future with the Twins is in limbo.

With six players under contract for 2023, Twins will reshape roster

The team will have a lot of personnel decisions to make, and plenty of wiggle room, as the MLB offseason gets underway.
Starting pitcher Tyler Mahle, shown with former head athletic trainer Michael Salazar in August, was one of many Twins injured in 2022.

Twins make first key hire in rebuild of athletic training staff

The team hired Nick Paparesta, the Oakland A's head athletic trainer for the past 12 seasons, to run its training staff. More new hires are coming.
Catcher Jason Castro and reliever Ryan Pressly, Twins teammates in 2017-18, have a shot at winning a World Series with the Astros this year, although

(Former) Twins player will win Series ring for sixth year in a row

As roster churn has exploded over the past decade, evidenced by the Twins using a franchise-record 61 players in 2022, the number of ex-Twins has likewise boomed.
Josh Donaldson had a rough season with the Yankees after getting dealt in spring training, capped by striking out 10 times in 13 postseason at-bats.

The big list: All 105 former Twins still playing pro baseball in 2022

Of that number, only a handful had sustained success. But if you're wondering about Fernando Rodney, Trevor Hildenberger, Byung Ho Park and others, you'll find them on this list.
Carlos Correa was a surprise free agent signing who lived up to billing in his first — and maybe only? — season with the Twins.

Correa wins five Twins awards, is one of three team Gold Glove finalists

Carlos Correa was named the team MVP, won five of the nine postseason awards from local baseball writers and is among the shortstop finalists for baseball's Gold Glove honors.
According to a newspaper in his native Puerto Rico, Twins shortstop Carlos Correa appears headed for free agency once the World Series ends.

Correa: Opting out of Twins contract for free agency 'the right decision'

During the season, Carlos Correa stated his willingness to remain in Minnesota — but also made clear the Twins would have to be among the highest bidders.
Jake Cave joined the Twins in 2018 from the Yankees organization.

Twins lose Cave, Palacios, Hamilton on waiver claims

Jake Cave has been with the team the past five years and ended the season playing every day because of injuries to other players.
The plan is for Rocco Baldelli and his coaching staff to be back next season with the Twins.

Twins plan to bring back coaching staff and bulk of roster; fire trainer

The team fired head trainer Michael Salazar and will reexamine its medical policies after its major run of injuries.
The Twins celebrated a walk-off win in August. How many of those players will be back for more celebrations in 2023?

Outta here or back for '23? A player-by-player look at the Twins roster

Baseball writer Phil Miller guides you through the 53 players who were part of the Twins at the end of the season and let's you know what could be ahead for them.
Twins righthander Michael Fulmer reacted to giving up a two-run homer to former Tigers teammate Victor Reyes on Sunday.

Sunday's Twins-Detroit game recap

A quick look at Sunday's game, as the Twins used their 61st player of the season.
Luis Arraez currently leads the AL batting race with .3155, over Aaron Judge and his .3113.

Twins prioritizing Arraez's health over AL batting race with Judge

With Luis Arraez still leading of the Yankees slugger for the batting title, the team's focus is on taking care of his hamstring over the season's last few games.
Simeon Woods Richardson allowed just three hits in his big-league debut on Sunday.

Woods Richardson's solid debut not enough as Twins fall to Detroit

Simeon Woods Richardson became the first Twin in team history to make his big-league debut in the final week of the season.
Tigers second baseman Harold Castro threw to first base over the Twins’ Jake Cave for a double play hit into by Gary Sanchez during the fourth innin

Twins won't finish above .500 after bumbling through loss to Tigers

Losing to Detroit on another night of mistakes gave the Twins their 81st loss of the season and means they'll need to win their final four games not to have a losing record.
Saturday's Twins-Detroit recap

Saturday's Twins-Detroit recap

A look back at Saturday night's game.
Dylan Bundy gave up three singles to his first four batters on Saturday against the Tigers.

Twins are one shutout away from tying team record

This year's Twins haven't hit 17 shutouts in quite the same manner as in 1967 and 1973.
Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan throws during the first inning Friday in Detroit.

Ryan wraps up rookie season in style, Twins shut out Detroit 7-0

First-year fastball specialist Joe Ryan finished up a splendid first full season Friday by shutting out the Tigers for six innings and setting a new Twins record for strikeouts by a rookie.
Simeon Woods Richardson, pitching for Toronto during spring training in 2021, was acquired in the Jose Berrios trade 14 months ago. He will pitch for

Young pitchers on parade: Woods Richardson likely to debut

The Twins' season will conclude with three young starters in action, and manager Rocco Baldelli says Simeon Woods Richardson, who starred this season at Wichita and St. Paul, also will take the mound at some point.
Friday's Twins-Detroit game recap

Friday's Twins-Detroit game recap

Twins starter Joe Ryan recorded his fourth scoreless start in his last seven.
Twins righthander Bailey Ober gave up only two hits against the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Bailey Ober dominates White Sox in 4-0 Twins win

.The Twins pitcher, injured for much of the season, yielded only two hits and struck out 10 Chicago batters — one of several intriguing what-ifs during Tuesday night's game.
White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo was ejected by plate umpire Jansen Visconti in the sixth inning Tuesday.

Tuesday's Twins-White Sox game recap

A quick look at Tuesday night's game.
Ryan Jeffers hit an RBI single for the Twins on May 27. The catcher is back with the team after having been out since July with a broken thumb.

Jeffers returns to Twins, his home run swing in fine form

Catcher Ryan Jeffers, out since July with a broken thumb, hit three homers in his nine-game rehab stint in St. Paul.
Ryan Jeffers

Catcher swap: Twins activate Jeffers; Leon having surgery for knee injury

A three-game series against the White Sox starts tonight at Target Field with Bailey Ober facing Lance Lynn.
Construction cranes are working behind Target Field for the North Loop Green building that will be completed by 2024.

Twins getting new uniforms, Target Field getting massive new scoreboard

The Twins' offseason will include some substantial and noticeable changes, and not just to a roster that fell well short of its goal of winning the AL Central.
Caleb Hamilton waves to the fans after his solo homer off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Quijada in the eighth inning Sunday

Relief for Twins rookie Caleb Hamilton: No more .000

A home run Sunday broke an 0-for-12 start at the plate to start his major league career, the longest in team history.
Shohei Ohtani scores on a single by Matt Thaiss in the first inning Sunday at Target Field

Twins fail to convert opportunities in 10-3 loss to Angels in series finale

In six of the first seven innings Sunday, the Twins advanced a runner to second or third base, five times with fewer than two outs. But only two of those runners managed to score.
Sunday's Twins-Los Angeles Angels game recap

Sunday's Twins-Los Angeles Angels game recap

Mike Trout, a .303 hitter at Target Field, ripped the Twins for three extra-base hits.
Trevor Larnach’s wrist is still bothersome, meaning it’s unlikely he will be activated over the season’s final nine games.

Add another lesson in healing process: Trevor Larnach unlikely to return in 2022

The Twins outfielder had a setback with his wrist last week in what was expected to be his final tuneup in St. Paul.
Drew Waters (6) celebrates with Bobby Witt Jr. after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Twins Thursday as part of a three-gam

Twins end season-wrecking road trip with another loss to Royals

The Twins will open the 2023 season in Kansas City next March 30. That gives them six months to forget the awfulness of this week's visit to Kauffman Stadium.
Louie Varland, a Maplewood native and former Concordia (St. Paul) standout, has started two games this season for the Twins.

MVP vs. hometown hero: Shohei Ohtani will face Twins rookie Louie Varland

Varland and fellow Minnesotan Matt Wallner will be making their Target Field debuts after showing promise on the road.
Thursday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Thursday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

The Royals recorded their first three-game sweep against an opponent in Kansas City since July 2021.
Gilberto Celestino was benched Tuesday night for a baserunning error and an overreaction to a bad call, but Twins manager Rocco Baldelli categorized t

Baldelli calls Celestino's in-game benching a learning opportunity

Outfielder Gilberto Celestino was back in the lineup Wednesday after a baserunning blunder and a poor reaction to an umpire's bad call the night before.
The Royals’ Salvador Perez celebrated his first-inning RBI double in front of Twins shortstop Carlos Correa in Kansas City’s 5-2 victory Wednesday

Twins offense is team's worst enemy as losses continue piling up

Double plays short-circuited two potential rallies and the Twins continued leaving runners on base as they lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Wednesday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Wednesday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Royals veteran catcher Salvador Perez had three hits.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani has yet to take the mound at Target Field.

Twins will face Angels star Ohtani on Friday night

Ohtani, the Angels' two-way player, has pitched against the Twins only once — and that was in Anaheim in 2018. So this would be his Minneapolis pitching debut.
Gilberto Celestino  scored a run in the second inning but was pulled from the game after four innings by Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

Twins blow lead; Baldelli yanks Celestino over mistakes, attitude

Severeal incidents in the early innings of the 5-4 loss to Kansas City caused manager Rocco Baldelli to remove outfielder Gilbert Celestino after the fourth inning.
Tuesday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Carlos Correa attempted (unsuccessfully) his first stolen base since 2019.
Amed Rosario of the Guardians celebrated with third base coach Mike Sarbaugh after hitting a three-run home run Monday against the Twins.

Twins season effectively comes to an end with another loss in Cleveland

The Guardians won four of five in a series that was viewed as the Twins last chance of getting back into the American League Central race.
Cleveland’s Josh Naylor watched as his three-run homer soared in the first inning against the Twins on Monday.

Monday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

A quick look at the series finale against the Guardians.
Ronny Henriquez made his major league debut for the Twins on Monday in Cleveland.

Twins set records with players and pitchers used, rookie debuts

Ronny Henriquez played in his first game for the Twins on Monday in Cleveland and increased the number in each category.
The Twins celebrated Sunday’s victory over the Guardians in Cleveland.

Sonny Gray starts as Twins face Cleveland for final time this season

The Guardians have won three of four in the five-game series and lead the Twins by six games in the AL Central.
Dereck Rodriguez made his first appearance for the Twins on April 13 at Target Field. He made his second Saturday in Cleveland.

Rodriguez jumps into action, gives Twins effective short-notice relief

Dereck Rodriguez went from projected Saints starter in St. Paul to last available arm in Twins' marathon loss to Guardians.
Joe Ryan on Sunday became only the second Twins starting pitcher to record an out in the eighth inning this season.

Ryan stellar again as Twins stop bleeding by shutting out Guardians

It might be too little, too late, but the Twins ended their losing streak to Cleveland and got back to .500.
Luis Arraez was tagged out by Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges as Arraez attempted to score in the first inning Sunday.

Sunday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

A quick look at Sunday's streak-busting victory.
Louie Varland’s second major league start on Saturday vs. Cleveland didn’t go quite as well as his first.

Twins' fading hopes take another blow with loss to open doubleheader

Shane Bieber gave up a home run to debutant Matt Wallner but little else as Cleveland beat the Twins for the seventh time in a row.