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.

Arcia called up, in linuep, as Twins take on Astros

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 2, 2013 - 7:16 PM


Sorry this is late. Player access was a little different and threw everything off schedule.

The Twins, as expected, were out for early fielding work after Thursday's debacle.

Oswaldo Arcia got up at 4:45 in the morning to catch a flight to the Twin Cities. Thanks to a delay, he walked onto the field during stretching. Gardy put him right in the middle of the batting order.

Gardy also returned Joe Mauer to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, which was overdue. It seems like that No. 2 hitter comes to the plate with runners on base.

Josh Willingham took batting practice again and said he's back up to running. ``10 miles an hour.'' He's headed out Monday on a rehab assignment and could return in a week, when the Twins open a series in Chicago.

The Twins are expected to announce after the game that Andrew Albers will be called up from Class AAA Rochester to replace Scott Diamond in the rotation.

Astros (36-71)

1. Jonathan Villar, SS
2. Jake Elmore, 2B
3. Jason Castro, DH
4. Brett Wallace, 1B
5. Carlos Corporan, C
6. Marc Krauss, RF
7. Matt Dominguez, 3B
8. Brandon Barnes, CF
9. Robbie Grossman, LF

Pitching: Jarred Cosart, RHP

Twins (45-60)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Ryan Doumit, RF
5. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Colabello, DH
8. Clete Thomas, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP


Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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