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.

Twins-Red Sox: Santana, CF. Mauer, 1B

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 13, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Yesterday, the Red Sox listed lefthander Felix Doubront as tonight's starter. Somehow, he was switched with Jake Peavy.  Haven't heard why the Boston changed it up yet.

Josh Willingham was out on the field for early batting practice today. He definitely getting closer to playing in games again. ``He said his wrist feels good,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Indications are that Willingham will head out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment this weekend if the next few days of live batting practice go well.

Casey Fien said he has full range of motion in his right arm after being hit there by a Victor Martinez line drive on Sunday. ``It's just sore to the touch,'' Fien said. He planned to play catch before Tuesday's game and was prepared to offer his services if needed. His arm still sports a bruise from where the ball hit him, but it's not as bad as he thought it was going to be. ``I'll take a bruise for an out any day,'' Fien said.

Sam Fuld said he's just starting to feel better after suffering a concussion during the last homestand.

Danny Santana is STARTING in center field tonight. That's after playing three innings on Sunday. THREE. ``I came in here today and every one of my coaches said the same thing - START HIM.,'' Gardy said. ``I said he hasn't done a lot of work out there, but he moves really well, he played a lot down in the lower minor leagues. We're happy with him. He brings some life to us, and we like that.

``He can move, he can throw, he can do it. You know what? We're going to let him go out there and play..''

Anything to keep Santana's bat in the lineup.

Joe Mauer returns to first base for the first time since May 4. He missed five games with a sore lower back then was the designated hitter the final two games of the Detroit series.

Guessing here that Chris Colabello and Aaron Hicks will start tomorrow against Doubront, since he's a lefty. Get ready for a variety of lineups, now that the team is getting healthy. Gardy could swap all three outfield positions, shortstop and catcher on a daily basis.

Red Sox (19-18)

Laser Show, 2B
Shane Victorino, RF
Big O, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Grady Sizemore, LF
A.J., C
Xander, SS
Wil Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF

Jake Peavy, RHP


Twins (17-19)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
KuBoom, Lf
Kurt Clutch, C
Chris Parmelee, RF
Eduardo Nunez. DH
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Danny Santana, CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

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