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.

Three quick Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Tigers, May, double dip

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 23, 2014 - 11:50 PM


Here are three thoughts following the Twins' doubleheader split with Detroit.

TIGERS DON'T LOOK LIKE A THREAT: The Tigers throw the ball around a little. Miguel Cabrera is not hitting for power. When Joe Nathan gave up a run in the ninth, we wondering if Detroit would make Joba Chamberlain the closer if Nathan blew the save. The Tigers aren't clicking right now and can be had. Heck, they have been had, as they are trying to catch the Royals in the A.L. Central.

TREVOR MAY: An AL scout at the game said this of Trevor May: ``He's got the ammo, He needs to locate it. And his fastball is kind of flat. May hears him on that last point. May said, for some reason, he's not getting the movement on his fastball like he did in the minors, and figures that he needs to work on his mechanics to rediscover it. He also needs to command his fastball because that will make his breaking stuff more effective. May still pitched into the sixth inning for the first time in three starts and looked like he was getting in a groove at times. He ended up being charged for five runs over 51/3 innings on 11 hits. But, for the first time, he didn't walk anyone. ``Getting ahead is the biggest thing,'' May said. ``I had pretty good command of the breaking balls today and they kept me in a  lot of counts. Keeping the fastball out of the middle of the plate is the biggest thing.''

TWO-DAY DAMAGE: The Twins are batting .375 through the first three games of this series with 38 runs on 45 hits. They have hit 14 doubles, four triples and four home runs in the three games, Trevor Plouffe is 6-for-10 in this series with three doubles. He has 36 doubles this season, on shy of Corey Koskie's club record for a third baseman. Joe Mauer is batting .340 over his last 13 games. Danny Santana hit a triple in each game today. His six triples this season are the most by a Twins rookie since Denard Span had seven in 2008. Tony Oliva holds the rookie triples record with nine.

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