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.

Twins Pregame: Twins to face King Felix, look to sweep Mariners

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 18, 2014 - 12:43 PM

A couple quick things before I head down to the clubhouse.

I wrote in my three thoughts blog about Brian Dozier being the igniter. One thing I failed to mention was that he's tied for second on the team with 25 RBI and leads the AL with 40 runs scored. He's setting and clearing the table. He's a bus rider and bus driver.

Also I've been writing about how Ron Gardenhire wants a four-man bench when he goes to National League parks this week. Well, the designated hitter will be on the bench as the fourth man. He's been seeking a fifth bench player, and will call one up after today's game. The guess here is Chris Herrmann will get the call.

Will check back soon with updates. Happy Sid Hartman Day!!!!

UPDATES

Sam Fuld feels better today. Not great, but better. He needs to be symptom-free before he can attempt some baseball-related activities, but he's not quite there yet.

The media conference room at Target Field has been renamed the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room. Sid is about to throw out the first pitch, which should be entertaining.

Mariners (20-22)

James Jones, CF
Michael Saunders, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Corey Hart, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Dustin Ackley, LF
Mike Zunino. C
Brad Miller, SS

King Felix, RHP

Twins (21-20)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Trevor Plouffe, DH
Chris Parmelee, RF
Kurt Suzuki. C
Jason Kubel, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Danny Santana, SS

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

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