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.

Deduno, who has lost his last two starts, on the mound for the Twins

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 18, 2013 - 1:05 PM

Somehow, this will be Samuel Deduno's first start against the White Sox this season. The last time he faced the Pale Hose, Deduno gave up four runs over four innings on Sept. 15 of last season. Deduno has lost his last two starts and has done that just twice this season. He has not lost three straight starts this season.  In his last outing, he gave up four earned runs over six innings in a loss to Cleveland -  but that was one of those games in which the Twins failed to get a single hit with runners in scoring

After today, the Twins and White Sox will have three games left in their season series. The Twins lead 10-5 in the season series.

On Monday, the Twins and Mets will make up a postponed game from April, then head on a six-game road trip to Detroit and Cleveland.

Lefthander Andrew Albers, the victim of one bad inning on Saturday, is scheduled to start on Thursday in Detroit - opposite of Justin Verlander.

Will post the lineups and any updates later.


Pedro Florimon, a switch hitter, is batting just .147 against lefthanders - with just 10 hits all season.

Wilkin Ramirez gets the start in center today because Clete Thomas has played every inning since Aaron Hicks was demoted on Aug. 1. As for Hicks, he is close to coming off the disabled list at Rochester after recovering from a right heel bruise. Once he returns, he'll have about two weeks left in the regular season to prove he deserves a September callup. Rochester also has a good chance of reaching the International League postseasn, which would provide more games for Hicks to make a case for a callup. ``It's all on his shoulders,'' Gardenhire said. ``He has to get it back.''

White Sox (48-74)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Alexei Ramirez, SS
4. Adam Dunn, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. Avisail Garcia, RF
7. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
8. Dayan Viciedo, LF
9. Josh Phegley, C

Pitching: Hector Santiago, LHP

Twins (54-67)

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

Pitching: Samiel Deduno, RHP





Cleveland - T. Bauer 12:08 PM
Detroit - A. Simon
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta 12:10 PM
Cincinnati - A. DeSclafani
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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