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.

Arcia, Twins try to solve Richards

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 25, 2014 - 7:06 PM

Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer are in the lineup tonight as the Twins take on the Angels at the Big A.
Arcia, slumping badly lately, gets a chance to show that the extra work he's had with hitting coach Tom Brunansky is paying off. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire kept Arcia out of the lineup against lefthander C.J. Wilson on Tuesday because of his recent struggles.

But Garrett Richards is no slouch.

Thanks to an improved fastball, Richards has positioned himself to appear in Target Field on July 15 as an American League All-Star. He's 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA on the season - and is 3-0, 0.67 this month. And his curveball compliments his heater very well.

Only four Twins players have faced Richards. Kendrys Morales is 2-for-10 against him with a home run. Eduardo Nunez is 1-for-5 but is on the DL. Brian Dozier and Pedro Florimon are 0-for-1 against him.

Eric Fryer is catching tonight. With tomorrow being an off day. Kurt Suzuki was going to get Wednesday or Thursday. Since he has good numbers against tomorrow's starter, Jared Weaver,'' Suzuki got tonight  off.

Twins (36-39)

Danny Santana, SS
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Eduarco Escobar, 3B
Eric Fryer, C
Sam Fuld, CF

Angels (42-33)

Cole Calhoun, RF
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujos,1B
Josh Hamilton, LF
Erick Aybar, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Grant Green, 3B
Chris Ianetta, C

Garrett Richards, RHP



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