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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.
Recent content from Phil Miller
Fans lined up before the start of TwinsFest last year at Target Field.

Twins plan one-day, virtual TwinsFest for Jan. 30

The Twins will stage seven hours of online programming, much of it interactive, on Jan. 30, an effort to connect with their fans while Target Field remains off-limits.
J.A. Happ

Twins balance rotation by adding veteran lefty Happ

At 38, J.A. Happ represents a breed that once was more common on the Twins' roster: A veteran lefthander winding down a successful career.
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, second from left, poses with his son Toby Gardenhire (81) and umpires before a game in Detroit, Sept. 17, 2018.

'I wasn't very good.' Younger Gardenhire knew baseball future wasn't playing

New St. Paul Saints manager Toby Gardenhire isn't sure if the Twins would have drafted him in 2005 if he wasn't the manager's son.
The St. Paul Saints will be the Twins’ Class AAA affiliate this season.

Twins minor league managers return after a season wiped out because of COVID-19

The streamlining of baseball's minor leagues cost Ray Smith his job after 26 years of managing the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.
Toby Gardenhire (81) brought out the lineup card for the Twins on Sept. 17, 2018 in Detroit when his father, Ron, was managing the Tigers.

Toby Gardenhire will manage Twins' top affiliate, the St. Paul Saints

After being named the Class AAA manager in 2020, he watched as the minor league season was canceled.
A ticket holder inquired about a refund at the Twins’ Hammond Stadium spring training home last March

Teenage Venezuelan shortstop tops Twins' list of international free agents

Danny De Andrade and seven others set to join the Twins organization, although signings won't be official until players pass physicals.
Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson signed autographs last season before baseball’s spring training was cut off by the pandemic.

Twins planning spring training as scheduled, but it won't be simple

Despite guidelines from baseball's officials and the team's attention to detail, the Twins know there will be obstacles and conflicts before and during the 2021 season.
Los Angeles Angels Kevan Smith and Hansel Robles celebrated at the end of an Angels win at Target Field in 2019.

Twins sign former Angels closer Hansel Robles

The 30-year-old righthander had 23 saves in 2019 for Los Angeles.
This 2019 photo shows a gambler making a sports bet at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. Fox Sports North, which has televised Twins games on cab

New Fox Sports North owner betting on legal gambling to boost viewership

Sinclair Broadcasting, the owner of Fox Sports North, might soon be able to offer ways to bet on the game you're watching through your TV, phone or pad.
Fernando Romero during a game at Target Field on Sept. 22, 2019.

Twins release once-promising pitcher Fernando Romero

Denied entry into the U.S. before spring training, he was unable to join the team at all for 2020.
Dustin Morse, left, waited for Twins manager Rocco Baldelli to meet with reporters during spring training in 2019.

Twins director of communications Morse wins MLB's Fishel Award

The Lakeville native has been with the team for 15 years, including the past six in his current role.
Ryan Jeffers beamed as he approached home after a home run on Sept. 13 at Target Field.

Catcher Jeffers has surgery; Baldelli confident about replacing Rosario

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli likes the options already on his roster in picking a replace for left field Eddie Rosario, who wasn't offered a 2021 contract.
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez was tagged out at home during the team’s two-game playoff series with Houston a Target Field. The Twins played thei

Sorry, Twins fans: MLB a long way from being out of the woods

Baseball Insider: After the league lost hundreds of millions in 2020, progress towards deciding the parameters for a 2021 season has been slow.
Twins pitchers warmed up before a workout last March in Fort Myers, Florida

Twins lose two prospects in Rule 5 draft to Tigers, Orioles

Akil Baddoo and Tyler Wells are on the rebound from Tommy John surgery and weren't protected by Minnesota, which has spots on its 40-man roster.
The St. Paul Saints played before limited crowds last season because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Twins officially add St. Paul, Wichita as top farm teams

St. Paul will be the Class AAA affiliate, making travel between the Saints and the big club easy.
Matt Wisler had a strong season for the Twins.

Ex-Twins reliever Wisler agrees to join Giants

The righthander turned his career around in Minnesota, but the team decided to non-tender him at Wednesday's deadline.
Chicago White Sox's Matt Davidson is congratulated by Yolmer Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning

Soggy mess: Twins wait out long delay, give away game in a hurry

After a rain delay of nearly five hours, Nik Hurley didn't make it through the first inning of a 9-0 loss to the White Sox.