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 postgame: Young, Nishioka. Neshek, Pavano, Revere, @1500espn_reusse

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 9, 2011 - 1:04 AM

Overlooked in all the Morneauness on Tuesday was that Delmon Young made his first appearance of spring training after battling through turf toe on his left toe.

Young was designated hitter on Tuesday and drew walks in each of his two scheduled at-bats. He didn’t favor his foot as he hustled to first on a fly ball that dropped just foul and raced home from first base in the third inning when Morneau lined a double down the right field line.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked about Young's walks because the young slugger has walked just 97 times in 353 career games.

``Two walks in one game,'' Gardenhire said. ``Chrysler, we haven't seen that in a long time. Ever, maybe. hat in a long time. Ever, maybe. We thought that was historic.''

Young did hit .298 last season with 21 homers and 112 RBI.


Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka has told the Japanese media in camp that he’s working on tracking pitches through the plate, which has led to a lot of batted balls to the opposite field.

His plan is to look to drive the ball more once he gets comfortable.

But, according to Hideki Okuda of Nippon Sports, a Twins teammate teased Nishioka about not pulling the ball after he grounded out to short in the first inning on Sunday against Baltimore. So in the fifth inning. Nishioka decided to try to pull the ball and hit a triple to right-center.


Righthander Pat Neshek gave up a longggggg homer to Lyle Overbay and walked a batter in the seventh.

With four scoreless innings on Tuesday, righthander Carl Pavano has a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. But he wasn’t pleased with how he misfired on some pitches. His bullpen session was a tipoff of things to come.``One thing that stuck out to me was inconsistency with my delivery in the bullpen,'' he said. And I was right on.''

Ben Revere raced to the left-center gap to make an outstanding catch of Ryan Doumit’s drive in the seventh.He cut his hands while making the play, Gardenhire said, but he should be fine.

The catch bailed Neshek out of the seventh- which led to an interesting exchange between Neshek and some dude with the handle of @1500espn_reusse on twitter.

@PatNeshek:  I owe this guy @BenRevere9 a dinner. What a catch!

@1500espn-reusse: You ain't lyin'. As for Overbay's HR, I'm saying wind-aided.

@PatNeshek: I think even you @1500espn_reusse would've hit that 2-0 cookie I threw. Good ST lesson learned, do not lay get me over FB to power hitter.

Folks another reason to join the twitter movement - and get updates from @LaVelleNeal and @JoeCStrib.


If all goes well. Gardenhire hopes to play Morneau and Young on Thursday at home against Toronto. As of today, the Blue Jays intend to start righthander Jesse Litsch.



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