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-Angels: Call-ups arrive. Twins to go with six-man rotation

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 9, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Some of the September callups have arrived, with Shairon Martis, Eric Fryer and Scott Diamond expected to arrive before game time.

The Twins are going with a six-man rotation for the rest of the season, with Diamond expected to start on Thursday against the Athletics. The rest of the rotation will be pushed back accordingly. That gives everyone involved a break. And the Twins will watch Mike Pelfrey and Andrew Albers to make sure they don't throw too many innings.

Joe Mauer is definitely getting better. He ran the bases today and is taking batting practice with the rest of the team. And he said his symptoms are going away. He still couldn't pinpoint a date for his return. Usually, when a player moves on to running the bases, he's getting close to returning. It might be different for players coming off concussions, though..

For those of you who follow the minors, Travis Harrison, a third baseman at Class A Cedar Rapids, will start working in the outfield during the upcoming instructional league. Eddie Rosario with continue to bounce between second base and the outfield as he goes to instructional league then onto the Arizona Fall League. With Brian Dozier getting settled in at second base, the Twins are aware that Rosario's path to the majors might be as an outfielder.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks was not among the call-ups, and its clear that the Twins hope he gets the message. He batted .222 at Rochester and battled injuries after being sent down. The Twins said he needed to earn a call-up, and he didn't.

Angels (67-75)

1. Collin Cowgill, LF
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. Mark Trumbo, 1B
5. Josh Hamilton, DH
6. Chris Ianetta, C
7. Kole Calhoun, RF
8. Grant Green, 2B
9. Tommy Field, 3B

Pitching: Jered Weaver, RHP

Twins (61-80)

1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Josmil Pinto, C
3. Brian Dozier, 2B
4. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Colabello, 1B
8. Chris Parmelee, RF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Pedro Hernandez, LHP


Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58


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