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 rests as Twins try to beat an AL East team

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 24, 2011 - 6:51 PM

Looks like Joe Mauer is getting a breather as the Twins try to figure out a way to beat the dangerous Orioles. Twins are 10-26 against the AL East.

No updates on Jim Thome's or Jason Kubel's waiver situation. Reports have the White Sox claiming both players. Keep in mind that the Twins and Sox have not made a deal with each other since 1986.

UPDATE: infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back) is doing better but isn't ready to return to the lineup.

Vladimir Guerrero was a late scratch from tonight's game with a left wrist contusion. He was hit in that area during batting practice.

Reliever Jeff Manship is in town to have his elbow examined.

Several Twins took extra infield practice before the game.

Orioles (49-77)

1. J.J. Hardy, SS
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Vlad The Impaler, DH
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
7. Robert Andino, 3B
8. Nolan Reimold, LF
9. Ryan Adams, 2B

Pitching: Jeremy Guthrie, RHP

Twins (55-73)

1. Ben Revere CF
2. Trevor Plouffe SS
3. Jason Kubel LF
4. Justin Morneau 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer RF
6. Jim Thome DH
7. Danny Valencia 3B
8. Luke Hughes 2B
9. Drew Butera C

Pitching: Kevin Slowey, RHP



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