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.

Mauer not in lineup as Twins prepare to take on Texas lefty C.J. Wilson

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 26, 2011 - 7:06 PM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is 1-for-19 in his career against Rangers lefthander C.J. Wilson, so Mauer isn't starting tonight. Mauer also needs to rest  his legs after playing several days in a row.

Denard Span had Monday off but is expected to be in center tonight for Class AAA Rochester as he continues his return from a concussion. UPDATE: Span didn't start tonight either, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Span is scheduled to play on Wednesday. Span, according to Gardenhire, was delayed by travel on Monday and went through a hard workout on Tuesday.

First baseman Justin Morneau has been battling migraines lately and has been unable to work out.

``Has nothing to do with his concussion. Has nothing to do with his neck,'' Gardenhire said. ``Just came up with some migraine headaches and they gave him some medication and backed him off. He should be back to work tomorrow.''

Righthander Kyle Gibson will miss his scheduled start on Wednesday for New Britain because of a sore flexor muscle near his elbow. He's expected to be ready for the start after that.

Something I didn't mention from yesterday's madness: Nick Blackburn gave up six earned runs on 11 hits over 2.2 innings.

He also started the 15-0 loss to the Dodgers on June 27.

He also started the 15-3 loss to the Rays on Apr. 23.

Will check back later with updates.


1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Cuddy, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Trevor Plouffe, RF
8. Nishi, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Pitching: Carl Pavano


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Michael Young,DH
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Mitch Moreland, 1B
7. Yorit Torrealba, C
8. Chris Davis, 3B
9. Endy Chavez, CF

Pitching: C.J.Wilson


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