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.

The comeback is over for Jason Bartlett

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 18, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Infielder Jason Bartlett has decided to retire.

Bartlett was supposed to be in Class A Fort Myers' lineup on Thursday but, about an hour before gametime, had his agent, Ryan Ware, call assistant GM Rob Antony and inform him of his decision. Antony has given Bartlett a couple more days to think about his decision, but admitted that Bartlett, ``had made up his mind that this is what he wanted to do.''

Bartlett, on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain, was on a rehabilitation stint at Fort Myers.

The Twins don't appear to be upset by Bartlett's decision. The gave him a roster spot a the end of camp, plus a contract that would have earned him a $1 million salary. He had two hits all spring, but the Twins wanted him to the intangibles he brings to a clubhouse.

In the end, intangibles weren't enough for Bartlett to continue his comeback after missing the previous one-and-a-half years.

In other news:

Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia are still days away from taking batting practice as they recover from wrist injuries.

Nothing wrong with Jason Kubel. Gardy wanted to give him a break after the doubleheader on Thursday. Plus he wanted to employ his beat-the-lefty lineup.

There will be a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the shootings on Sunday at a suburban Kansas City Jewish community center.


Twins

Darin Mastroianni, LF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Chris Colabello, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Josmil Pinto, DH
Kurt Suzuki, C
Aaron Hicks, CF
Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Ricky Nolasco, RHP

Royals

Nori Aoki, RF
Omar Infante, 2B
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Salvador Perez, C
Alex Gordon, LF
Billy Butler, DH
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Justin Maxwell, CF
Alcides Escobar, SS

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