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.


Twins built in more of Dodgers' mold than Rays'

The Los Angeles Dodgers spend big money, but like the Twins they also develop stars in their own system; Tampa Bay, meanwhile, finds hidden talent elsewhere.


Gophers' first test comes against a dissatisfied Michigan bunch

Wolverines players are restless, knowing more has been expected in the program's five seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh.


Oddities of 2020 leave Twins with plans to make, little to go on

Budgets dictate decisions, and it's almost impossible, given the ongoing pandemic, to reliably forecast what MLB finances will look like by next spring, or how that uncertainty will affect the value of players.


Polanco may need surgery; Twins face dilemma with coaching staff

After struggling through the season's final weeks, shortstop Jorge Polanco may need more ankle surgery despite missing only five of the Twins' games this season.


Twins signed five players for postseason help; only one played

Newcomers Josh Donaldson, Tyler Clippard, Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill all watched from the bench as the Twins were swept by Houston - and Sergio Romo was the losing pitcher in Game 1.


Twins swept by Houston. 'It seemed like we played into their trap'

The most bizarre season in baseball history ended in the most familiar way possible for the Twins on Wednesday: A meek loss and another unceremonious sweep.


A look at the two fielding plays that doomed the Twins

In a Twins universe where postseason catastrophe isn't an everyday occurrence, those plays are unremarkable, those innings are over, and the Twins jog off the field.


Twins cautious with Donaldson, so he's not on wild-card series roster

Jettisoning Donaldson from the 28-man roster meant Marwin Gonzalez would play third base against the Astros, and the Twins added the pinch-hit bat Baldelli craved by promoting 2016 first-round pick Alex Kirilloff from their taxi squad.


Deadline decision: Donaldson works out, status for series still unknown

Playoff rosters must be turned in by 11 a.m., and manager Rocco Baldelli said the decision might not be made until a few minutes before the deadline.


Twins hope they'll need one, but aren't sure who'll be their closer

Taylor Rogers could be called upon to get a crucial out in the seventh, and Trevor May could be asked to strike out a hitter in the ninth.