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 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 startribune.com 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
 

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