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.

Florimon makes spring debut as Twins take on Rays

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 18, 2014 - 2:30 PM


Pedro Florimon will make his first start this spring as the Twins play host to the Rays tonight at Hammond Stadium. Florimon had his appendix removed during the opening week of camp and needed time to recover. He's played eight innings over two games on the minor league side and now needs as many games as he can get to get ready for the regular season. Expect to see a lot of him over the final 12 games of the spring training schedule.

Phil Hughes pitched in a minor league game today, which is why Worley is starting this game. He could use a big outing to improve his chances of making the team.

Will check back  later with updates.

UPDATE: Hughes gave up a run over six innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Brian Duensing and Casey Fien each tossed a scoreless inning as they all dominated some poor Class A team.


Rays

Wil Myers, RF
David DeJesus, LF
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B
James Loney, 1B
Matt Joyce, DH
Desmond Jennings, CF
Yunel Escobar, SS
Jose Molina, C

Pitching: Matt Morre, LHP

Twins

Alex Pressley, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Jason Kubel, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Pedro Florimon, SS

Vance Worley, RHP

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