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.

Rain delay - first pitch at 8:30 p.m.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 6, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Oswaldo Arcia tested his sprained right ankle this afternoon and it's not as bad as everyoe thought it would be. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire almost put Arcia in at DH but decided to wait. Arcia is available off the bench and could be the DH tomorrow.

Danny Santana is today's DH, as Gardy wanted to get Aaron Hicks in the lineup against lefthander Dallas Keuchel. Gardy almost put Hicks in right field but was worried about Hicks' lack of experience there - plus "Fly Ball Phil" Hughes is on the mound tonight, so the manager put Jason Kubel in right field because he's used to playing the position.

Sorry  for the short spot. Lots going on with the draft. In the eighth round, the Twins selected Keaton Steele, a righthander from Missouri. In the ninth round, they selected Robbinsdale native Max Murphy, a centerfielder from Bradley.

Astros (26-35)

Dexter Fowler, CF
Jose Altuve, 2B
George Sringer, RF
Jason Castro, C
Matt Domineguez, 3B
Jon Singleton, 1B
Chris Carter, DH
Robbie Grossman, LF
Marwin Gonzalez, SS

Dallas Keuchel, LHP

Twins (28-30)

Danny Santana, DH
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Jason Kubel, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Aaron Hicks, CF

Phil Hughes, RHP

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