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: Struggling on Tuesday

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 24, 2010 - 6:16 PM

Right now, I don't have Phone. And I feel lost.

Phone began acting up last night and continued this morning. I tried to re-boot around lunchtime, and it would shut off, start to reboot,shut off,start to reboot, etc.

Took Phone to local XXXXXX store. Local XXXXXX store guy said, ``Your software has been compromised.'' 90 minutes later, he's still trying to reload softwware on Phone. I had to leave Phone to get to the ballpark in time for Gardy's presser.

Phone. That's upper case P - because Phones have become such a part of our lives it's like having a relationship.

One funny thing: Two doors down from the XXXX store was a barbershop called, ``Knockouts.'' A sign outside the door read: ``Haircuts - Massages - FREE BEER.''

Can't make it up.

Not much big news right now. Jim Thome is not in the lneuyp despite being 4-for-6 with a home off of Coby Lewis. It's the Pavano-Butera relationship thing at work.

That led to the question: ``Gardy....what happens in the playoffs?'''

``Can't put the cart before the horse,'' the manager said.

Can't wait for the postseason to arrive  so we can dig into that one.

No change in Justin Morneau.

Ron Mahay is probably going to get a second opinion on his shoulder.

Gotta go. XXXXXX guy just e-mailed. Phone is ready to be picked up.

Twins (72-53)

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Alexi Casilla, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Carl Pavano, RHP

Rangers (70-54)

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. David Murphy, RF
6. Bengie Molina, C
7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
8. Andres Blanco, 2B
9. Julio Borbon, CF





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