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.

Twins-Rangers: Pino stays, Correia needs to be the stopper

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 27, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The Twins decided this morning to place Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled because of a bone bruise on his left knee.

``Speed is a big part of his game.'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``We can't take a chance. He can't play.''

Johan Pino was scheduled to fly back to Class AAA Rochester around 1 p.m. but was told this morning that he was going nowhere.

``I was going to take my flight,'' Pino said with a smile. ``So, this is good.''

Pino had gotten into the team spirit. The players have been wearing solid color suits on team charter flights - shoes, socks, belts, shirts all the same color or close - and Pino wore a purple suit on the charter.

``I like that color a lot,'' he said.

Pino will throw in the bullpen tomorrow and pitch on  Monday against the Royals. It will be Pino, Ricky Nolasco and Kevin Correia against Danny Duffy, James Shields and Jason Vargas.

Gardenhire said that he's liked some of Oswaldo Arcia's at bats recently but noted that he's still takes a few crazy cuts, ``trying to hit the ball 8,000 miles,'' Gardy said. He agreed that veteran Kendrys Morales could be a good mentor for Arcia as he gets out of his funk.

``I think Morales has talked to Arcia,'' he said.

The Twins are donating a helmet signed by Joe Mauer and baseballs signed by Paul Molitor and Glen Perkins to a auction to benefit the family of sportswriter Richard Durrett, who passed away unexpectedly a couple weeks ago.

The benefit will be held on Saturday in Dallas.

The two youngest players in baseball are on the rosters for this game. Rangers shortstop Rougned Odor (20 years, 144 days) is the youngest in the league. The Twins' Jorge Polanco (20, 357) is the second youngest.

Kevin Correia is on the mound tonight. The Twins need a strong start from him as they have posted a 12.94 ERA over their last four games. That has put them back in last place in the AL in starter's ERA.

Twins (36-41)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Kurt Suzuki. C
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Sam Fuld, CF
Pedro Florimon, SS

Kevin Correia, RHP

Rangers (35-43)

Shin-Soo Choo, LF
Elvis Andrus, SS
Carlos Pena, 1B'
Adrian Beltre, DH
Alex Rios, RF
Leonys Martin, CF
Chris Gimenez, C
Luis Sardinas, 3B
Rougned Odor, 2B

Nick Tepesch, RHP


Miami - D. Phelps 6:05 PM
Washington - J. Zimmermann
NY Yankees - C. Whitley 6:07 PM
Toronto - R. Dickey
Philadelphia - A. Harang 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Wood
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi 6:10 PM
Boston - C. Buchholz
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 6:20 PM
Milwaukee - K. Lohse
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood 7:10 PM
St. Louis - C. Martinez
Oakland - J. Hahn 7:10 PM
Minnesota - P. Hughes
Texas - R. Detwiler 7:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Arizona - J. Collmenter 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Matzek
Seattle - F. Hernandez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - M. Shoemaker
San Diego - T. Ross 9:15 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
Chicago 6:00 PM
LA Clippers 8:30 PM
NY Rangers 6:30 PM
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