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.

The M&M Boys - back together again

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 16, 2011 - 9:40 AM

Joe Mauer will DH and bat third today when the Twins play host to the Mets at Hammond Stadium. Justin Morneau is back in the lineup as the cleanup hitter. It's the first time these two former MVP's have been in the same lineup since July 7, when Morneau suffered a concussion when he was kneed in the head while sliding into second during a 6-5 loss to Toronto.

The Twins went on to win the AL Central - then were dispatched by the Yankees in the ALDS. How much did the Twins miss having the M&M boys together for that series? Would they have won a game?. More? Who knows?

What can't be denied is that that Mauer and Morneau form one of the best tandems in the league. Today will provide a little taste of what the first half of last season was.

Jim Thome is on the list to play today. So my guess is that he'll replace Mauer as DH after two at-bats.

Alex Burnett and Jim Hoey are on the schedule to pitch today. Both need good outings to keep the bullpen battle interesting.


1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Luis Castillo, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Angel Pagan, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Scott Hairston, RF
7. Nick Evans, 1B
8. Mike Nickeas, C
9. Jason Pridie, CF

Pitching: Mike Pelfey,RHP.


1. Denard Span, CF
2. Nishi, 2B
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Jason Kubel, RF
8. Steve Holm, C
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitching: Brian Duensing, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, Alex Burnett, Jim Hoey, Chuck James, Phil Dumatrait


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