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 try to spoil Detroit's playoff push once again

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 29, 2012 - 1:28 PM

The Twins still haven't named a starter for Tuesday's game in Toronto, preferring to see how the series against the Tigers shakes out before they sort through who's available to pitch.

But Scott Diamond will start the season finale on Wednesday. The Twins' best starter this season told the Twins that he's got gas in the tank after pitching the most innings of his career.

Diamond also is motivated to make the start because he's from Guelph, Ontario.

"Pitching in Canada means a lot to him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Diamond, 12-8 with a 3.54 ERA, is at least one starter the Twins can write into their 2013 rotation.

INJURY UPDATES

Eduardo Escobar, who was hit in the elbow on Friday, held a bat but didn't do much more before the game. He's not available.

And Josh Willingham, slowed by a sore left shoulder, didn't work out before the game either.

FROM ELIAS

Baltimore's Scott Podsednik led off the first inning on Friday with a bunt single, which was the Orioles only hit of the game, That's the first time it has happened since Aug. 13, 1970 when Cesar Tovar of the Twins did it against Washington. Dick Bosman outpitched Jim Kaat as Washington won 1-0.

 

Tigers (83-73)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Omar Infante, 2B

Pitching: Justin Verlander, RHP


Twins (66-91)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, LF
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: P.J. Walters. RHP

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