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.

A brief postgame from Target Field

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 19, 2011 - 11:34 PM

Jason Repko was shaking hands in the clubhouse after the game. No he wasn't traded.

Repko, who is on the disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder, is headed to Class AAA Rochester to begin a rehab assignment. Eventually, the Twins will have another healthy body to choose from. Repko has  been out since Aug.11.

Other stuff

  • The Yankees' Mark Teixeira now has 1,000 career RBI
  • The Twins are now 19-61 against the Yankees, including the playoffs, since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager.
  • Kevin Slowey has given up 74 homers in 83 career starts. He's averaging .1.42 homers per nine innings since the start of 2007. He entered the night second in baseball during that time.
  • Trevor Plouffe has 21 homers this year - six with the Twins, 15 at Rochester. And, if you haven't noticed, he likes the high ones.
  • Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario continue to tear up the Appalachian League. Rosario hit two homers and Sano added a solo shot to lead Elizabethton to a 12-7 win. Sano leads the league with 16 homers, but Rosario now has 15.


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