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.

Kubel in right field and batting fifth in return to lineup

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 22, 2011 - 7:16 PM

Jason Kubel said he has no problems with the left foot he sprained last month. He said the pool workouts he did prior to the All-Star break helped. He also spent the All-Star break in the Twin Cities, and the time off really helped. He feels he can make all the cuts needed to play the outfield.

Detroit righthander Max Scherzer has allowed six or more runs on three of his last four outings against the Twins, and is 0-1 with a 7.43 ERA in two starts at Target Field.

UPDATE: Righthander Scott Baker, who will start tomorrow, said he expects to be on some sort of pitch count after missing two starts with a sore flexor muscle. He knows he has a tough task in facing the Tigers' lineup, He said the return of Carlos Guillen from the disabled list makes them even more dangerous.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he intends to make all stops on the Twins' upcoming road trip to Texas, Oakland and L.A., but he still doesn't look or sound well.

Denard Span will play seven innings on Saturday for Class AAA Rochester. Before the Twins even consider bringing him back, Span must play all nine innings several games in a row. And he needs to start hitting.

Tigers (52-46)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ryan Raburn, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, DH
5. Victor Martinez, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Carlos Guillen, 2B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Wilson Betemit, 3B

Pitching: Max Scherzer, RHP

Twins (46-52)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. KuBoom, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Jim Thome, DH
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP

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