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-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.




Baltimore - LP: W. Chen 1 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 7
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: A. Caminero 2
NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Simon 2
Cincinnati - WP: A. DeSclafani 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 1
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 4
Minnesota - LP: K. Gibson 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: E. Volquez 7
San Diego 14 Top 8th Inning
Colorado 2
Oakland 4 Bottom 3rd Inning
LA Angels 3
Houston 2 Top 4th Inning
Seattle 2
Milwaukee 82 FINAL
Chicago 91
New Orleans 37 2nd Qtr 7:44
Golden State 32
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Minnesota 3
Anaheim 3 3rd Prd 18:43
Winnipeg 4
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