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.

Morneau feels fine after debut; will start on FRIDAY

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 9, 2011 - 11:21 AM


Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he sat around Tuesday night and "and waited,'' for any concussion-like symptoms to appear after playing in his first game of any kind since July 7.

Nothing happened.

He said he had a good night of sleep, and was back at the Lee County Sports Complex to workout with other players not on the trip to Sarasota to face the Orioles.

He plans to play on Thursday, when the Twins play host to the Blue Jays.

``Actually I was pretty pleased - I wouldn't say surprised is a good word - with how it went. Obviously, I was sitting around all night waiting for something. It went  well. Took a little nap. Had some dinner. Watched a movie. Went to bed. Everything was positive.

``Woke up today feeling pretty good.''

UPDATE: TWINS MANAGER RON GARDENHIRE SAID THAT, AFTER TALKS BETWEEN THE CLUB AND MORNEAU'S DOCTORS, THE FIRST BASEMAN WILL START ON FRIDAY. Although Morneau wants to play tomorrow, his doctor wants him to ease back into a playing routine slowly.

Other updates:

Delmon Young could play in the outfield tomorrow after recovering from turf toe.

Michael Cuddyer's foot is doing much better after having a wart removed last week.

Anthony Slama said the MRI on his elbow didn't reveal anything serious, but he does have a stress reaction in his elbow. He's rehabbing the injury and is out indefinitely.

Ben Revere was a late scratch after cutting his hand on the outfield warning track after making a great catch yesterday. Joe Benson replaced him in the lineup.

More updates to come


1. Denard Span,  CF
2. Joe Benson, LF
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Jeff Bailey, 1B
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Rene Tosoni, RF
7. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, SS

Pitching: Liriano, Capps, Burnett, Hoey, James


1. J.J. Hardy, SS
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Mark Reynolds, 3B
6. Luke Scott, 1B
7. Nolan Reimold, LF
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Nick Green, 2B

Pitching: Jake Arrieta, Mark Hendrickson, Kevin Gregg, David Riske


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