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.

Ben Revere not in tonight's lineup

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 25, 2011 - 6:30 PM

 Ben Revere is not in the starting lineup for the first time since he returned to the club on June 2 from Class AAA Rochester. Jason Repko is in center and  batting leadoff.

``He''s been playing very good out there,'' Gardy said, ``but he's also played every game since he's been here, since he took over that role. He started to get beat up, a little worn out.''

In the wake of the death of a fan trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton, railings all over  the stadium here have had warning labels attached to them.

  • The Twins' game on Monday, Aug.8 against Boston has been moved to 6:10 p.m. by ESPN. The game will be shown locally on both ESPN and FSNorth.
  • The temperature as of this writing is 106. If it holds,it will be the hottest game time temp in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington history.
  • Kevin Slowey is set to start tonight for Class AAA Rochester, and several scouts are expected to be in attendance.
  • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington leads the majors with 146 home runs hit so far.
  • There's a chance Joe Mauer, who's 1-for-19 in his career against C.J. Wilson, will not start tomorrow.
  • Watch out for minor league notes sometime tomorrow. Alex Wimmers, Matt Bashore and David Bromberg are all back pitching
  • It's so hot here....that the low of 85 last night was a record high for a low.

Twins (47-54)

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

Pitching: Nick Blackburn, RHP

Rangers (58-44)




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