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.

It's official: Kevin Slowey to the DL, Alex Burnett called up

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 9, 2011 - 7:23 PM

One thing we'll be watching out for when we get to Target Field today is official word that righthader Kevin Slowey has been placed on the 15-day DL

Update: It is now official. Slowey is on the DL with a right shoulder strain, the Twins just announced in a release.

A Rochester Red Wings twitter post late last night reported that righthander Alex Burnett was on his way to the Twin Cities to replace Slowey on the roster. I checked with a source, who said he heard the same thing.

There was nothing from the Twins about this last night.. It's not that surprising. Many times, clubs will notify a minor leaguer that he's headed to the majors but the club doesn't make the announcement until the player has arrived.

I expect to see Burnett in the clubhouse when it opens at 2:30 p.m. today.

Burnett debuted last season and showed early promise before faltering late and finishing with a 5.29 ERA in 41 games. Still, the Twins think Burnett will develop into a reliable reliever.

In a pre-game ceremony, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will be given his AL Manager of the Year Award.

Once the game starts, we'll see if the Twins can get off to a fast start against tough Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez. The Twins have been outscored 10-0 in the first inning so far this season.

UPDATE: Slowey's diagnosis has been changed to bursitis. The Twins apologize for the confusion.

Oakland (2-5)

 1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. David DeJesus, RF
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
7. Mark Ellis, 2B
8. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Pitching: Gio Gonzalez, LHP, 1-0, 1.29

Twins (3-4)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jason Kubel, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Luke Hughes, 2B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitching: Nick Blackburn


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