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-Orioles: The spring training lid-lifter

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 23, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Here is the game story from the AP:

Minnesota's Josh Willingham opened the Grapefruit League season with two hits, including a two-run homer, though the Baltimore Orioles rallied late for a 5-3 win on Saturday.

Willingham, coming off a season in which he set career highs in home runs, runs and RBI, lined a pitch from Tommy Hunter over the fence in left in the third inning to put the Twins in front.

Chris Davis had two hits for the Orioles and Matt Wieters doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy. Non-roster invitee Trayvon Robinson broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a two-run homer off Minnesota's Tyler Robertson.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia allowed a run on two hits in two innings. Correia signed with the Twins last December after spending two years in Pittsburgh.

 

SARASOTA, FLA. - The Orioles have four former Twins in camp in Danny Valencia, Alexi Casilla, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy - but none of them are in today's starting lineup. Baltimore is starting a lot of its big guns, which the home team normally does.

Zach Britton is scheduled to start for the O's, but Jake Arrieta, who best the Twins on Opening Day last year, is set to follow him. Also on the list to pitch is megaprospect Dylan Bundy.

Will check back later with updates.

It's great to see Brian Roberts back on the field after battling concussion issues in recent years.

UPDATES

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will miss several days with a pulled muscle in his left side. Arcia suffered the injury during early work on Friday. Gardenhire was disappointed because he wanted to see Arcia in game action this weekend.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe might play in the intrasquad game on Sunday if his workout on Saturday goes well.

Twins

1. Darin Mastroianni, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Ryan Doumit, DH
5. Chris Parmelee, RF
6. Chris Colabello, 1B
7. Brian Dozier, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kevin Correia, with Shairon Martis, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, Tyler Robertson and Tim Wood set to follow.

O's

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Nate  McLouth, LF
3. Nick Markakis, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Chris Davis, 1B
7. J.J. Hardy, SS
8. Manny Machado, 3B
9. Chris Dickerson, RF

Pitching: LHP Zach Britton, followed by Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, T.J. McFarland, Dylan Bundy, Steve Johnson and others.

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