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.

Twins-A's: Three in a row would be a winning streak

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 19, 2011 - 3:03 PM


Delmon Young is back in the lineup today after not starting the past two games. He got a single in the 10th inning on Wednesday and eventually scored the winning run.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the key was to give Young a break after being a strikeout machine after being activated from the disabled list. But he said Young was fired up about not playing yesterday, which the manager took as a good sign.
``He was pretty fired up after scoring that run,'' Gardenhire added.

The Twins met earlier today to go over details about tomorrow's funeral for Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. Gardenhire expected most players to be on hand for the service.

Glen Perkins is not available out of the bullpen after pitching in each of the last two games. And Gardy wasn't sure of Joe Nathan's availability. They know that Nathan will have to pitch in back-to-back games eventually this season but they want to check with him and make sure he's not too sore.

Twins (14-27)

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

Pitching: Nick Blackburn, RHP

Athletics (22-21)

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

Pitching: Tyson Ross,RHP

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