La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Diamond goes for 10 wins as Twins take on the White Sox

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 1, 2012 - 11:33 AM


Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak, who landed on the disabled list last week with a rotator cuff strain, will try to play catch on Saturday. It will be his first activity since the injury.
If that goes well, he hopes to throw in the bullpen early next week.
This is new territory for Swarzak, who had avoided the disabled list for his entire nine-year professional career. He pitched on July 25 in Chicago with no problems and had his usual velocity. But he couldn't even play catch two days later.
"It makes you appreciate all those years you were healthy," he said.

DIAMOND UP

It's going to be hard for Scott Diamond to top his last outing, when he tossed a 98-pitch complete game at Cleveland last Friday. What a year he's having. He's pitched into the sixth inning in all 16 starts and has pitched at least seven innings seven times.

If Diamond wins today. He will be the first Twin to win 10 games in a season since 2010. That's right, the Twins didn't have a double digit winner last season.

A REQUEST

By the way, please give a follow on twitter to Jason Gonzalez. He's a prep writer at the Star Tribune who's been helping out with the beat this week while Joe C. and I work on other things. He played college baseball at Biola University, so you'll probably see his byline on a Twins story somewhere down the road.

His twitter handle is @jgonstrib.

GOOD LUCK, MOLLY

And, the baseball staff at the Star Tribune would like to wish Molly Gallatin farewell and good fortune. Gallatin, the Twins manager of publications, is leaving her position to pursue other opportunities. She has always been there for us when we needed help with information, stats, photos, press credentials....anything. Friday officially will be her last day but today is the last Twins game she'll be able to work. She will be missed.

Molly, don't be surprised if I come up with a request on Friday...

White Sox (56-47)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Paul Konerko, DH
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. O-Dog, 2B

Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy

Twins (44-59)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

Pitching: LHP Scott Diamond

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