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.

Twins-Tigers: Deduno tonight, Walters tomorrow.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Twins assistant General Manager Rob Antony confirmed that righthander P.J. Walters will start on Saturday and that the club will announce the roster move after the game. The Twins have to clear space on both their 25-man and 40-man rosters to make space for Walters, so things will be interesting after the game.

Walters, in nine starts at Rochester, was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA.

Pedro Florimon said his sprained index finger was better, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he wants to watch Florimon during pre-game work before he will be comfortable using Florimon off the bench tonight.

Justin Morneau said the pitch he was hit with in Atlanta is not bothering him at all.

Trevor Plouffe (concussion) spent pre-game doing, ``the most cardio work I've ever done in my life,'' he said. He feels no lingering effects from the knee to the head he received from Dan Uggla in Atlanta while sliding into second. Plouffe has passed an  ImPACT test and is now building up to rejoin the team when his seven days on the concussion list have passed.


From the Sports Features Group, the league leaders in swinging strikeouts:

Yu Darvish*, Rangers, 74
Matt Harvey, Mets, 59
Max Scherzer, Tigers, 58
Jeff Samardzija, Cubs, 56
Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 55
A.J. Burnett*, Pirates, 54
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners, 54
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, 54
Anibal Sanchez, Tigers, 51
Justin Verlander, Tigers, 51
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 51

And, a couple Twins-related notes:

Longest losing streak in 2012: 6 games, April 21-27

Longest losing streak since 11 games, September 9-21, 2011

Since May 2 five Twins starters have pitched at least 6.0 innings:

- 5/5, Mike Pelfrey (6.0 IP) at Cleveland
- 5/7, Scott Diamond (7.0 IP) at Boston
- 5/10, Mike Pelfrey (6.0 IP) vs. Baltimore
- 5/14, Kevin Correia (7.0 IP) vs. Chicago-AL
- 5/17, Vance Worley (6.0) vs. Boston

Twins (18-26)

1. Jamey Carroll, 3B
2. Joe Mauer, C
3.  Josh Willingham, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Aaron Hicks, CF
9. Brian Dozier, 2B

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP

Tigers (26-19)

1. Andy Dirks, LF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miggy, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Don Kelly, CF
9. Asivail Garica, RF

Pitching: Annibal Sanchez, RHP



Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas - LP: J. Williams 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 12
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 4
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3 FINAL
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Fien 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra 10
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Veras 3
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 1 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Schultz 4
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: E. Stults 10
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 8 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 2
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis 8/7/14 6:00 PM
NY Jets
San Francisco 8/7/14 6:30 PM
New England 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Cincinnati 8/7/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
Seattle 8/7/14 8:00 PM
Dallas 8/7/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 31 FINAL
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 25 FINAL
Calgary 24
Saskatchewan 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Winnipeg 8/12/14 6:30 PM
Connecticut 89 FINAL
San Antonio 79





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