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.

Morneau gets a break as Twins try to win series in Cleveland

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 25, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Justin Morneau is not in the starting lineup today. ``He's been playing a lot of baseball,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. With Monday being an off-day, Gardenhire figures that Morneau will get a nice break and will be ready to go on Tuesday when the Twins play host to the Royals.

Oswaldo Arcia is not in the starting lineup, either. Scott Kazmir has a 1.42 ERA in three starts against the Twins this season. Lefties are batting .211 against him, so Gardy is going with more righthanded hitters.

A nugget from Twins PR star Mitch Hestad:  Brian Dozier leads the AL with a .453 slugging percentage from the leadoff spot.

More Dozier: His 13 home runs are one shy of Tim Tuefel's club record for homers by a second baseman in a season.

Class AA New Britain shortstop Danny Santana has been named the Twins minor league player of the week after batting .429 with one home run, five RBI, two steals and four runs scored.

New Britain righthander  Alex Meyer, in his return to the Rock Cats last night after recovering from a sore shoulder, threw a pitch in the first inning that registered 100 miles an hour on the radar gun at Bowie, Md. The gun is considered to be a one or two miles high, but it's still impressive.

Twins (57-71)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Doug Bernier,3B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Trevor Plouffe, DH
6. Wilkin Ramirez, RF
7. Chris Colabello, 1B
8. Clete Thomas, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Tribe (70-59)

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

Pitching: Scott Kazmir, LHP

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