The daily soap opera that is the Twins rotation took another turn on Sunday as the Twins announced that righthander Phil Hughes is going to start on Wednesday and lefthander Tommy Milone is battling shoulder soreness. 

Hughes was shaky in his outing on Tuesday and pitched two innings during game two on Saturday. His stuff wasn't necessarily sharp, but the Twins need starters?


Milone has come down with slight shoulder soreness following his start on Thursday. The Twins are going to back him off a few days and see how he responds before considering their next move with him.

That might explain why he was ineffective on Thursday against the Angels. Or it might not.

Second baseman Brian Dozier is getting today off. Twins manager Paul Molitor has debated giving Dozier a break for some time, and decided that today will be that day. Dozier is struggling down the stretch for the second straight season, and he committed a fielding error in game one on Saturday.

This year's slide is worse than last seasons. Last year, Dozier batted .235 with a .715 OPS in September. This year, he's hit .206 with a .646 OPS SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK.

Observers have noted that Dozier has been pressing of late, so the break - coupled with a scheduled off day on Monday - might be coming at the right time.

Tyler Duffey is on the mound today and is in a big spot. The kid needs to come through with strong outing to help the Twins avoid a sixth straight loss. It's a lot to ask of a guy who's major league career began in early August. But he's  showed more in recent outings that most of the other Twins starters.

And Molitor said before the game that it looks like Duffey will make another start before the season is over. 


Erick Aybar, SS
Kole Calhoun, RF
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, DH
David Murphy, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
David Freese, 3B
Carlos Perez, C
Taylor Featherston, 2B

Matt Shoemaker, RHP


Aaron Hicks, CF
Eddie Rosario, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Torii Hunter, RF
Eduardo Escobar, 2B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS

Tyler Duffey, RHP

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