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.

Twins try to even series against Arizona

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 21, 2011 - 9:06 PM

If you go to and search for Micah Owings, his positions are listed as pitcher and pinch hitter.
Owings is no slouch at the plate, with a career .293 average and nine home runs. He was just 3-for-14 last season with Cincinnati. Twins righthander Scott Baker can't think Owings is a speed bump in the lineup tonight. Owings is replacing Armando Galarraga, who DFA'd, in the rotation.

The Twins have hit three home runs in each of their last two games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the first time the Twins have had back-to-back games of at least three homers since May 8-9, 2009.

Twins hitters love the hitting background at Chase Field. Michael Cuddyer said it's best and is not even close. It's like hitting in tunnel.
``The pitcher looks like he's throwing the ball from the warning track,'' he said.

Jim Thome (left oblique) and Jason Repko (right quad) are expected to be activated Monday for the home series at Target Field. Joe Mauer has been catching bullpen sessions as he works the whole leg weakness-sore body thing but there's still no indication when he'll start playing games.

The Twins have some cool things lined up to honor the late Harmon Killebrew. For instance, his signature will be painted under the out-of-town scoreboard in the right field wall.

Twins (15-28)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Jason Kubel, RF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Scott Baker, RHP

Diamondbacks (21-23)

1. Ryan Roberts,3B
2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
3. Justin Upton, RF
4. Stephen Drew, SS
5. Chris Young, CF
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Juan Miranda,1B
8. Gerardo Parra, LF
9. Micah Owings, RHP



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