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.

Streak ends with Tosoni's RBI double

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 22, 2011 - 11:52 AM

Rene Tosoni's two-out double in the ninth inning scored Trevor Plouffe and ended the Twins' 11-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Seattle.

More details coming soon at

Sorry for the delay. A lot of talks in the clubhouse this morning.

Twins outfielder Denard Span told the trainers that he preferred to play tomorrow in Cleveland rather than try to turn around and play a day game following a night game. Span played four innings on Wednesday in his first action since Aug. 13.

Hearing that lefthander Brian Duensing will start the second game of the day-night doubleheader in Cleveland on Saturday. Francisco Liriano was the initial choice, but Duensing has made a few outings since recovering from an oblique strain and can handle the workload. Liriano probably will  relieve Duensing in the game.

Outfielder Jason Kubel will travel with the team despite a sore left foot. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire likely will limit Kubel to pinch hitting duties.

Twins catchers are in a 0-for-36 skid.

The Twins' 11-game losing streak is their longest of the season and third-longest all time.The second-longest is a 13-game streak in 1961.

The Twins on Wednesday became the third team in club history to lose 95 games in a season.

Mariners (66-89)

1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Luis Rodriguez, SS
3. Dustin Ackley, 2B
4. Mike Carp, 1B
5. Justin Smoak, DH
6. Kyle Seager, 3B
7. Trayvon Robinson, LF
8. Chris Gimenez, C
9. Michael Saunders, CF

Pitching: Blake Beavan

Twins (59-95)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Brian Dinkelman, 2B
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Trevor Plouffe, SS
7. Rene Tosoni, DH
8. Joe Benson, LF
9. Drew Butera, C

Pitching: Anthony Swarzak, RHP


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