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-O's: Alexi, Leeeeeew and Danny V return to Fort Myers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 28, 2013 - 12:20 PM

The Twins dropped a 4-0 B game at Boston this morning before the main game at Hammond Stadium against the Orioles. The game was to give some younger players a chance to get in some game action while helping a few others prepare for World Baseball Classic action.

There wasn't much offensively in the seven-inning game. Aaron Hicks was 1-for-3 with a double. Eddie Rosario was 1-for-3.

Samuel Deduno, who is expected to start for the Dominican Republic, gave up three earned runs over 1.2 innings. Six of the 11 batters he faced reached base (four hits, two walks) and it was a lineup with just two players who are in major league camp.

Things got better after he left. Alex Meyer gave up a double down the line in two scoreless innings. Jose Berrios retired all six batters he faced. B.J. Hermsen gave up a run in the final inning.

Now, on to the main game at Hammond Stadium.

Great to see Lew Ford in the O's lineup. The man has come back from the minors - in Japan - to MLB postseason last year. And he brought former Twins Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia with him.

Twins East

1. Alexi Casilla, SS
2. Manny Machado, 3B
3. Lew Ford, DH
4. Conor Jackson, RF
5. Danny Valencia, 1B
6. Trayvon Robinson, LF
7. Yamaico Navarro, 2B
8. L.J. Hoes, CF
9. Chris Robinson, C

Pitching: Jair Jurrjens, RHP


1. Darin Mastroianni, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
9. Brian Dozier, 2B

Pitching: Liam Hendriks, RHP

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