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.

Just when you think the Twins are at 100 percent ...

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 12, 2011 - 3:51 PM

You can't make this stuff up.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ready to submit the lineup he's been waiting to write out for months. But, during early batting practice, Michael Cuddyer swung at a pitch and felt something pull in his neck.

He's out. Apparently, he suffered the injury on his last swing of the session.

So the Twins won't have a full-strength lineup - again.

A new lineup is being written out as of this writing.Ben Revere will be in left field, as Delmon Young's numbers against Justin Masterson aren't good. Jason Kubel will be in right.

Justin Morneau, who was activated from the DL today, is playing first base.

Check back here later for the lineup and updates.


  • Cuddyer's neck is doing better, so there is hope that it will be a short term injury.
  • Gardy said Mauer's appearances at first base will be reduced with Morneau back in the lineup. But he'll probably give Morneau a day off here and there since he's just coming back, and that's when he'll use Mauer at first.
  • Kevin Slowey said he expects to have a good working relationship with Gardy and pitching coach Rick Anderson during the rest of the season. The sides butted heads right before he landed  on the DL with an abdominal strain.

Twins (52-65)

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

Pitching: Carl Pavano, RHP

Cleveland (58-57)

1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Carlos Santana, C
6. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Ezequiel Carerra, LF

Pitching; Justin Masterson, RHP


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