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.

Pelfrey on the mound as the Twins play host to Orioles

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 5, 2014 - 4:38 PM

Greetings from Fort Myers, where the Twins and Orioles will meet under the lights at Hammond Stadium.

Here are lineups, will be back with updates.

UPDATES:

Pedro Florimon hit in the cage today and went through fielding drills as he works his way back from appendix surgery. Today's activities are a good sign that he's making progress toward a full recovery.

Jason Bartlett is batting second today in order to get more at bats. He's appeared in three games, going 0-for-7. He's started games at short and second and said he's going to start a game at first base fairly soon.

Orioles

1. Quintin Berry, CF
2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
3. Xavier Paul, RF
4. Steve Pearc, 1B
5. Johnny Monell, C
6. Nolan Reimold, DH
7. Ryan Flaherty, 3B
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. Juilo Borbon, LF

Pitching: Chris Tillman, followed Zach Britton, Steve Johnson and others

Twins

1. Alex Pressly, CF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. James Beresford, 2B

Pitching:  Mike Pelfrey, Scott Diamond, Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Michael Tonkin, Deoils Guerra, Matt Hoffman.

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