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-Rays: Noooooooo!!!!!!

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 5, 2010 - 11:01 AM

Rays fans have gotten in touch with their inner cowbell, so it's something that you just have to deal with at Tropicana Field.

And, in this post-World Cup period, many fans have blown vuvuzelas during the games here.

Today is a day game, so the local Parks and Rec have busloads of children pouring into the stadium.

And those kids have brought Thunderstixx.

(frustrated grunt!)

There are many people here who didn't leave the park until 12:30 am and are back early. I don't know about you, but I can't go right to sleep after deadline. I got  back to the hotel, surfed the net and went to sleep at 2 a.m. I woke up at 6:30 this morning. Hit the snooze bar once.

I arrived at the park at 8:30. The clubhouse opened at 8:40. I went down at 9 a.m. And only three players had arrived. At 9:10, the coaching staff rolled in, followed  by players, Now we have to prepare for this cacophony.

Reliever Jon Rauch, who changed into baseball clothes - then changed back into civilian clothes, He still has blisters and left the park to see another doctor.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire shocked us by announcing that Rauch has hand, foot and mouth disease.  The plan is for him to travel with the team to Cleveland, but it's unknown when he'll be available to pitch with those blisters on his hands.

If you want to read about 

Mauer is the DH again. Span is getting a day off.

In case you are interested, here's a story out of New Britain about Ben Revere's season-ending facial injury.

Twins (60-48)

1. Jason Repko, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. J.J. Hardy, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Kevin Slowey,RHP

Rays (67-40)

1.Sean Rodriguez, 2B
2. Cal Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Willy Aybar, DH
5. Matt Joyce,RF
6. Dan Johnson, 1B
7. B.J. Upton, CF
8. Reid Brignac, SS
9. Kelly Shoppach, C

Wade Davis, RHP


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