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.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Thomas back in the leadoff spot as Twins take on Cleveland

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 22, 2013 - 3:55 PM

With a righthander on the mound for Cleveland, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has returned Clete Thomas to the leadoff spot rather than keep Brian Dozier in the spot. Thomas is not known for being a table setter but he is batting .267 since replacing the injured Aaron Hicks in center field.

Dozier, who has homered in three straight games, is batting eighth.

Josh Willingham is not in the lineup, so we'll see if it has anything to do with his troubled left knee. Gardy might have decided before the series that Hammer was going to get a day off and picked today. We'll see.

Chris Parmelee to getting a start, which could be attributed to Willingham being held out of the lineup. Parmelee has started just two of the last nine games as Gardy has kept Willingham, Ryan Doumit and Oswaldo Arcia in the lineup.

Twins have homered in six straight games but Indians righthander Corey Kluber has given up just seven home runs in 65 innings.

Twins outfielders are batting .225, the lowest in the American League.


Glen Perkins will be wearing a microphone during tonight's game for the FOX network.

Thom Brennaman and Bert Blyleven will call the action for FOX.

Yes, Gardy decided that today would be the best day to give Hammer a break.

Gardenhire put Thomas in the leadoff spot because he's been O.K. there, plus he felt the bottom of the order would be too lefthanded, with Arcia and Parmelee down there. But it sounds like he'll continue to bat Dozier leadoff against lefties.

Aaron Hicks had a good workout today and  will go through full baseball activities tomorrow before joining Class AAA Rochester on Monday.


Twins (33-37)

1. Clete Thomas, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Ryan Doumit, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: P.J. Walters, RHP

Indians (37-35)

1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Mike Aviles, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Michael Brantley, LF
5. Carlos Santana, C
6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
7. Jason Giambi, DH
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Drew Stubbs, RF

Pitching: Corey Kluber, RHP


Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 6 FINAL
Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein 8
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani 2
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: D. Haren 6
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 5
Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 5
Boston - LP: W. Miley 7 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 18
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 6
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 3
Kansas City - LP: E. Volquez 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 5
Texas 3 Top 11th Inning
LA Angels 3
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: T. Clippard 6
Los Angeles - LP: S. Baker 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: B. Morrow 3
Pittsburgh 8 Bottom 9th Inning
Arizona 0
San Francisco 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Minnesota 2 Top 10th Inning
Seattle 2
NY Mets - J. Niese 7:05 PM
NY Yankees - N. Eovaldi
Cleveland 101 FINAL
Boston 93
LA Clippers 114 FINAL
San Antonio 105
Toronto 31 2nd Qtr 8:59
Washington 43
Houston 8:00 PM
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Montreal 1 2nd Prd 12:48
Ottawa 0
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Toronto FC 0 1st Half 44:55
Orlando City 0
Portland 8:30 PM


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