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 can end homestand 7-5 with a win over Tigers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 24, 2011 - 2:21 PM

Righthander Scott Baker said he's on his regular  between starts schedule after feeling just normal day-after soreness following his outing on Saturday. Baker said he was on a 75-80 pitch count on Saturday and ended up throwing 82 pitches. Baker had missed two starts with a soreness near his elbow.

About to head into Gardy's office for the pre-game presser. Will check back later with updates.


  • The Twins will stick with 13 pitches indefinitely.The guess here is that that they'll keep the extra arm through most of the upcoming road trip.
  • Denard Span still hasn't played nine innings in a minor league game yet as he eases his way into playing following his concussion. But Span did have two hits on Saturday.``The talk is getting him to the point where he is playing nine inning for four or five days in a row then seeing where we are at.'' Gardenhire said.
  • Gardy said he thinks once Joe Mauer found out he wouldn't hurt the team while playing first base he embraced playing there more. ``I think he's confident he can do it now,'' Gardy said. `So there are no issues.''
  • Gardy feels much better today after battling with viral and sinus infections in recent days. ``Yesterday actually was the first day I screamed at some of my coaches (in a while),'' he said.

Detroit's Victor Martinez is batting .382 against the Twins this year.. But he is catching today, and has thrown out just 19.4 percent of basestealers this season.

Tigers (53-47)

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

Pitching: Rick Porcello, RHP

Twins (47-53)

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

Pitching: Francisco Liriano, LHP


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