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 play two against the Tigers today at Target Field

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 23, 2014 - 11:21 AM


We're here for a long day at the park as the Twins and Tigers play two games, one at 12:10 and the other at 7:10. Why is the second game at 7:10 instead of 6:10 (normally the Saturday start time)? They need to prepare the stadium for the second game. But today was supposed to be the day Chuck Knobluach was to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. That event was canceled after Knoblauch was charged with assault in his hometown of Houston.

Despite using five relievers on Friday during the 20-6 rout of Detroit, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said his bullpen is in pretty good shape heading into the doubleheader. Both Anthony Swarzak and Samuel Deduno are ready if needed early.

``We're hoping our starter pitches deep into the game in game one,'' Gardenhire said of righthander Yohan Pino. ``I think both managers are hoping that.''

Detroit skipper Brad Ausmus used six real relievers and shortstop Andrew Romine to get through the game. As a result, the Tigers have called up lefthanders Kyle Lobstein and Patrick McCoy in for today's game so they can have some fresh arms.

Oswaldo Arcia is not in the starting lineup for Game 1. His newborn son, Oswell Daniel, got sick last night and he spent the night with him at a local hospital. ``He got like one hour of sleep,'' Gardenhire said. Arcia is at the park, presumably sleeping, and should play in Game 2.

Game 1 is a makeup game from Apr. 27.
Detroit (68-58)

Ian Kinsler, 2B
Ezequuiel Carera, CF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, DH
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Don Kelly, RF
Alex Avila, C
Andrew Romine, SS

Buck Farmer, LHP

Twins (57-70)

Danny Santana, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, DH
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Chris Parmelee, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Eric Fryer, C
Jordan Schafer, LF

Yohan Pino, RHP

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