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.

Postgame; Pavano finally picks up a win.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 3, 2011 - 9:31 AM

Carl Pavano has to take some responsibility for his season. He entered Friday the league leader with 214 hits given up and was third with 93 earned runs given up.

But he's also left five games with leads only to get a no-decision. He's has a bad defense behind,which has extended his innings and run his pitch counts up. He has thrown at least 101 pitches in six straight outings. On Friday, he threw a season-high 118 pitches over 6.2 innings as the Twins routed the Angels

It's Pavano's first win since the All-Star break. Some of it was his doing, but he's had some bad luck.

``A good win for us,''   Carl gave us a good start. And we took advantage of some wildness on the other side. They (the Angels) didn't throw the ball over like they normally do. We took a lot of pitches and we also got a lot of hits.''

The Twins benefited from a season-high eight walks and had five  four walks with the bases loaded. Trevor Plouffe, playing near his home, was 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored.

``Trevor got us started, hitting a ball into the trees out there,'' Gardenhire said, ``.A good night for us a good win.''

The 118 pitches for Pavano are the most he's thrown in a game since he threw 133 on May 17, 2005 while with the Yankees. At 7-11, he has at least four starts left to even his record for the season. Pavano said after the game that he might get the option of pitching the final game of the regular season if he wants it.


Joe Mauer came to the park planning to play. He began to feel worse and worse as the afternoon went. After he was diagnosed with his upper respiratory infection, he was sent back to the team hotel to recover. If he's sick, the Twins don't want players to spread the germs around. I'm sure - O.K. I hope - there's more on this tomorrow.





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