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 Twins version of the Legend of Sam Fuld begins tonight vs Rays

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 23, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Today is a throwback to the Dome era, when I would leave home on a glorious afternoon and begin my journey to cover indoor baseball.

No clouds here, 75 degrees. Can't be any nicer...outside. I'm now inside Tropicana Field, one of the worst ideas for a sports stadium in American history. The Rays have done just about everything they can do to dress this place up but you still feel that, eventually, a door is going to open and grain is going to start piling in.

Tom Brunanasky has Sam Fuld and Aaron Hicks out for early hitting. It's a good idea for Hicks, who was 1-for-3 yesterday but still looks like he's in a fog at the plate. One of them is starting in center field tonight.

Mike Pelfrey is on the mound for the Twins today, and he'll have an altered Twins lineup behind him

Twins (9-10)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Chris Colabello, DH
Jason Kubel, LF
Josmil Pinto, C
Chris Herrmann, RF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
"Super" Sam Fuld, CF

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

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