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-D-Backs: Interleague fever. Catch it.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 20, 2011 - 8:47 PM

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire,while talking about Harmon Killebrew's funeral service went, was asked about how the team has handled the situation.

``My players have handled this very, very well,  the whole situation,'' he said. ``There have been a lot of questions and a lot of talk and I think the players have stood up and have been very accountable about answering questions and talking about Harmon,which I think is really cool. I think they have done a super, super job.''

Gardenhire was pleased with the turnout. It meant a lot for him to have the players present to hear what people had to say about Killebrew, who died on Tuesday after a five-month battle with esophageal cancer.

He also notices the confidence level of his team rising after winning three straight games.

``Our guys are starting to feel a little bit better about themselves and that's half the battle,'' Gardenhire said. ``.Gottal get the players believing in themselves that we can get it done and, over the last thee games, they feel pretty good about themselves.'' 

Scott Ullger is coaching third base tonight. Steve Liddle has a sore calf muscle. 

Twins (15-27)

3. Denard Span, CF
3. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Jason Kubel, RF
3. Justin Morneau,1B
3. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
3. Danny Valencia, 3B
3. Delmon Young, LF
3. Rene Rivera,C
3. Brian Duensing, LHP

Diamondbacks (23-20)

1. Willie Bloomquist, LF
2. Ryan Roberts, 3B
3. Justin Upton, RF
4. Steven Drew, SS
5. Chris Young, CF
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Xavier Nady,1B
8. Kelly Johnson, 2B
9. Ian Kennedy, RHP

 

 

 

Outfielder Jason Repko was 0-for-4 on Friday at Class AAA Rochester and is batting .188 on his rehabilitation assignment.

 

Lefthander Joe Mijares (left elbow strain) will being a throwing program on Saturday.

 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Trevor Plouffe is the third Twins rookie since 1983 to have 3 RBI in consecutive games. The others were Matt Lawton (1996) and Danny Valencia last season.

 

 

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