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-Yankees: Tanaka time

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 31, 2014 - 10:26 AM

The Twins faced Masahiro Tanaka during spring training, but that was no indication of what they should expect today. Tanaka has become the ace of the Yankees rotation, a true force up front who can be unhittable at times. He has pitched at least 61/3 innings in every outing this season and has not given up more than three earned runs in a start. Yes, that means he's 10-for-10 in quality starts. He's one of two pitchers EVER to do that in his first 10 major league games.

``He's a competitive guy,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``You know you are going to have your hands full. If he misses with a pitch, we've got to hit it.''

Danny Santana is not available today after taking seven stitches in his right upper eyelid on Friday. His eye is a little swollen, and trainers told Gardenhire no-go with Santana.

Josmil Pinto is in the lineup, which is a good thing. But righthanders are batting .215 against Tanaka.

One thing from last night: Oswaldo Arcia made two good throws home. One in the fifth started a rundown in which Brett Gardner was eventually tagged out. The other nailed Brian Roberts at home plate in the sixth. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the throws were pivotal points in the game. Gardenhire said Arcia has a strong accurate arm, especially when he collects himself before he releases the ball. On both throws, Arcia took a quick moment before throwing home.

Twins (25-27)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Joe Mauer, DH
Josh Willingham, LF
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Josmil Pinto, C
Aaron Hicks, CF

Kevin Correia, RHP

Yankees (28-25)

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, DH
jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Brian McCann, C
Alfonso Soriano, RF
Yangervis Solarte, 2B
Kelly Johnson, 3B
Brendan Ryan, SS

Masahiro Tanaka, RHP


St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
San Diego 7
Milwaukee 8 FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81


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