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 visit the Rockies in interleague play

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:13 PM


The Twins had a long night of travel, arriving at their road headquarters around 4 a.m. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thought about giving Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki a day off but left Suzuki and his .300 average in the lineup. Eduardo Nunez is in left field tonight, which is a good thing because Nunez can cover more ground in this spacious outfield.

Kris Johnson said he has not taken any batting practice lately. He'll hit in the cage today then do his best once the game starts.

It has started to rain here, and the tarp is being pulled across the infield. Stay tuned....


Twins (42-49)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Eduardo Nunez, LF
Sam Fuld, CF
Kris Johnson, LHP

Rockies (39-53)

Charlie Blackmon, LF
Drew Stubbs, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, RF
Tulo, SS
No. 33, 1B
Nolan Arenado, 3B
Willin Rosario, C
DJ LeMathieu, 2B
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP

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