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-Cards game CANCELLED

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 6, 2014 - 12:49 PM

We expected rain here around 3 pm Eastern time, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

The tarp is down, rain is falling and we are delayed.

No word when we might play. The Cardinals

rode in fron the other side of the state, the are tons of Cards fans here and the Twins were looking at their first sellout of spring. I'm sure they will try to get the game in. But there's a tornado watch until 7 pm.

UPDATE: The game has been cancelled and will not be made up. Headed down to the clubhouse for updates. Fans have until March 20 to exchange tickets.

Now back to regular programming...

Well that didn't take long.

The lineup for today's game against the Cardinals wasn't out long when Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia needed to be scratched.

Hicks felt soreness in his elbow while swinging in the batting cages but said he'll be fine. Byron Buxton is getting the start in center field and batting leadoff.

Arcia, however, is sick as a dog and, hopefully, was sent home while I'm writing this before he infects the clubhouse.

Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to face Adam Wainright today.  The Twins are expecting a sellout crowd because of the masses of Cardinals fans who travel down from St. Petersburg (where they used to train) for the game.

But the skies are overcast. And there's rain in the forecast. We'll see how this day turns out.




1. Byron Buxton, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Wilkin Ramirez, RF
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Jason Kubel, LF
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Josmil Pinto, C'
9. Eduardo Escobar,  SS

Pitching: Ricky Nolasco, RHP


Cincinnati - M. Lorenzen 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - J. Locke
Miami - M. Latos 6:05 PM
Washington - S. Strasburg
NY Yankees - M. Pineda 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Estrada
Philadelphia - C. Billingsley 6:10 PM
Atlanta - S. Miller
Baltimore - B. Norris 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Tampa Bay - D. Smyly 6:10 PM
Boston - R. Porcello
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - M. Garza
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Detroit - S. Greene 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - J. Samardzija
Oakland - J. Chavez 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Texas - W. Rodriguez 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 7:15 PM
St. Louis - T. Lyons
Arizona - J. Collmenter 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Matzek
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
LA Angels - G. Richards
San Diego - A. Cashner 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Washington 7:00 PM
Memphis 9:30 PM
Golden State
Chicago 7:00 PM
Anaheim 8:30 PM
San Jose 7:30 PM
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