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.

Young sitting out against A's

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 18, 2011 - 8:28 PM

No Delmon Young for a second straight game. When you strike out 10 times in four games, you sit and watch Ben Revere for a couple of games. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Young is rusty and anxious at the plate, a bad combination.

More updates in an hour or so. Sounds like Jim Thome and Jason Repko will be back by Monday.

Twins (13-27)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Ben Revere, LF
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Carl Pavano, RHP

Oakland (22-20)

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

Pitching: Brandon McCarthy, RHP



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