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.

Twins blow three-run lead, get swept in Miami

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 26, 2013 - 9:48 AM

The Twins scored three runs in the first inning Wednesday afternoon, but a pair of Marlins hit their first home runs of the season and Miami took a 5-3 victory.

Scott Diamond was the losing pitcher.

Come back to soon for more details.


Wafting to see the Twins lineup, but don't expect Ryan Doumit to be in it.

Doumit's right ankle is still pretty sore, which would make it tough for him squat behind the plate. Actually, it would have been interesting to see how far he made it around the bases last night if he had shot one into the gap.

I expect to see Joe Mauer catching today. In a perfect world, catchers get day games off after night games. Jeff Mathis is catching today for the Marlins, for instance.

Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a double last night in his first rehab game for Class AAA Rochester. Hicks could be back soon, which would give the Twins an interesting roster situation. Who would go to make room for Hicks? Clete Thomas has been decent since replacing Hicks, but Hicks is the future and needs to play. Chris Parmelee? I think his outburst over the weekend in Cleveland was him realizing that he's on the hot seat.

Parmelee, as a matter of fact, initiated the conversation with Ron Gardenhire last weekend in Cleveland when the two discussed his playing time.

Caleb Thielbar owns the Twins record with 13 scoreless appearances to start a career. The Major League record is 29 held by Brad Ziegler of Oakland in 2008.

Baseball Prospectus has released an updated prospect ranking. The Twins' Byron Buxton is No. 1 overall with Miguel Sano No. 6. Alex Meyer is 44th. Meyer, by the way, is beginning to work his way back from shoulder soreness and could be pitching in a couple weeks.

And....the Twins lineup has just been released! Morneau is not in the lineup. Check back here later to find out why as I head downstairs to find out why.

Twins (34-39)

1. Clete Thomas, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Eduardo Escobar, SS
9. Scott Diamond, LHP

Marlins (26-50)

1. Justin Ruggiano, LF
2. Ed Lucas, 2B
3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
4. Marcell Ozuna, CF
5. Logan Morrison, 1B
6. Placido Polanco, 3B
7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Tom Koehler, RHP


Cleveland 1 Top 5th Inning
Detroit 4
Chicago Cubs 0 Delayed
Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 0 Postponed
Chicago WSox 0
Houston - S. Feldman 3:05 PM
Oakland - K. Graveman
NY Mets - M. Harvey 3:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Sabathia
Washington - S. Strasburg 3:10 PM
Miami - T. Koehler
Toronto - D. Norris 5:10 PM
Tampa Bay - E. Ramirez
Atlanta - S. Miller 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan
Boston - J. Masterson 6:05 PM
Baltimore - W. Chen
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 6:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
Pittsburgh - A. Burnett 7:10 PM
Arizona - R. De La Rosa
San Francisco - T. Hudson 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. De La Rosa
Los Angeles - B. McCarthy 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Minnesota - T. May 8:10 PM
Seattle - J. Paxton
Atlanta 2:00 PM
Chicago 4:30 PM
Golden State 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Memphis 9:30 PM
Washington 2:00 PM
NY Islanders
Detroit 5:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Nashville 7:00 PM
Vancouver 8:00 PM
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Real Salt Lake 6:30 PM
New England
Sporting Kansas City 7:30 PM
D.C. 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC


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