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 complete trade with Dodgers, get young lefthander

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 13, 2013 - 6:11 PM

The Twins have received lefthander Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the July 31 trade that sent Drew Butera to Los Angeles.

Sulbaran, 19, went 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA (23 games, 16 starts) for Class A Great Lakes of the Midwest League. In 92.2 innings, he's walked 27 and struck out 85.

More details to come.

Meanwhile, can Samuel Deduno follow Andrew Albers with a masterpiece of his own?

The Twins' righthhander is coming off of a shaky start last week against Kansas City. Before that, he was the best thing going in the Twins' rotation, so he's looking for a bounceback outing tonight at Target Field. Deduno, 7-5, 3.38 overall, is 2-1, 4.13 in his career against Cleveland.

Deduno pitches one night after Andrew Albers endeared himself to the hearts of Twins fans with a complete-game shutout of the Indians on Monday. Albers is the first pitcher since Tom Phoebus in 1966 to go at least eight innings in his first two major league starts and not give up a run in either game (Thanks Elias Sports Bureau).

Stay tuned for updates.....

UPDATE: Sorry, had a meeting, believe it or not, and everything got pushed back.

Here's Justin Morneau on waiver talk: ``It's part of the game, It's something that's not supposed to get out there. When you are younger you are not aware of the process that's goes on. Now, for some reason everyone feels the need to leak informaiton and get it out there.

``I think it will be good to know in the next 24, 48 hours where I stand for the rest of the year. anyway. That's good to know, I guess. Other than that there's not much I can do about it.''

Morneau doesn't think he's going to be traded, which he told me before the July 31 deadlne.

Indians (63-56)

1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Nick Swisher, 1B
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
5. Michael Brantley, LF
6. Carlos Santana, DH
7. Ryan Raburn, RF
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Yan Gomes, C

Pitching: Zach McAllister, RHP -  0-3, 8.00 in his career against the Twins.

Twins (53-63)

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

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP
 

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