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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Roster moves, Florimon, angry looks

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2013 - 12:18 AM


Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 7-6 loss to the Tigers on Thursday. Nine straight losses and counting.....

1. ROSTER MOVES: During the game, it was learned that P.J. Walters had been told that he's being promoted to the Twins with the possibility of starting Saturday against Detroit. This comes on the heels of Samuel Deduno being called up to start on Friday. Both pitchers have to be added to the 40-man roster. They can move reliever Tim Wood from the 15-day to the 60-day DL to make up one more. Another possible move: Joe Benson coming off the 40-man roster. Benson has been terrible at Rochester, batting .192 with 1 home run and 9 RBI in 42 games. I think this might happen in order to put one of the starters on the 40-man.  The Twins would not confirm any roster moves following the game, so we'll have to wait and see how things shake out.

2. FLORIMON. The shortstop apparently jammed his right index finger while diving into third base in the third inning on Thursday. He eventually left the game and was replaced by Eduarado Escobar. Florimon is listed as day-to-day, but I can see him missing a couple of games. Like the Twins needed more injuries.

3. STAREDOWNS. There were a few high-tension moments in Thursday's game. The first two pitches thrown to Torii Hunter in the fifth should have been called strikes, but long-time umpire Joe West called them balls. Scott Diamond didn't look too happy after the second pitch. He ended up walking Hunter and the Tigers scored a run in that inning after Diamond got two easy outs...Hunter stared and said something to Casey Fien after Fien's 0-2 heater came up an in on Hunter. I don't advocate headhunting, but I'm all for a pitcher protecting the outer half of the plate. And Hunter has been slapping balls to right field all season. So Fien had a right to go in there...Miguel Cabrera then stared at Fien after a 1-0 breaking ball got close to him. Really, Miggy? Lastly, I thought a pitch to Morneau in the ninth inning was off the plate. Morneau struck out and marched right into the dugout. I looked at Gameday, and the pitch wasn't even close to being a strike.

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