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-Pirates: Arcia in lineup. Twins make, wait....wha?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 10, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Oswaldo Arcia is in today's starting lineup, batting fifth and playing right field. The Twins have been looking forward to seeing Arcia swing the bat this spring, but he went down with a strained intercoastal muscle right before games began. He's been cleared to play and gets to face scatter-armed lefty Jonathan Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Arcia has a chance to contribute this season, so it will cool to watch him play today. He's crushing the ball in b.p.

The Twins were expected to cut some players today but that announcement has been delayed, apparently. Some players were seen packing in the clubhouse this morning, like Josmil Pinto, B.J. Hermsen, Chris Hermann and Daniel Santana, so the decision to delay the announcement is rather confusing. Maybe they decide to not cut the players I mentioned, then I'll have to apologize to them for writing them off, heh.

They might be waiting to see who they get back from the World Baseball Classic after today, which could affect numbers at certain positions.

Trevor Plouffe is not the starting lineup for the second straight game and might be having more issues with his right calf again. Stay tuned.

It's Minnesota Day here today. Perhaps the Twins will get their first sellout of the spring season.

UPDATE:The Twins have decided to announce the cuts after all. Press release coming soon.

UPDATE: The Twins have assigned Nick Blackburn, Lester Oliveros, Alex Meyer, Esmerling Vasquez and Bryan Augenstein to the minor league camp. Blackburn (wrist) and Oliveros (Tommy John) already were out due to surgeries.


1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Travis Snider, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5. Brandon Inge, 3B
6. Clint Robinson, DH
7. Ivan De Jesus, Jr.
8. Tony Sanchez, C
9. Jordy Mercer, SS

Pitching: Jonathan Sanchez, LHP


1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
6. Darin Mastroianni, LF
7. Jeff Clement, 1B
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Liam Hendriks, RHP



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