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.

Twins-Red Sox in B game at Hammond Stadium

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 7, 2012 - 9:54 AM

The Twins are fielding an A game lineup for their B game against Boston:

Red Sox

Jose Iglesias, SS
Nate Spears, DH
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Josh Kroeger, RF
Salty, C
Alex Hassan, LF
Jason Repko, CF
Mauro Gomez, 1B
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B

Pitching: Jon Lester, LHP


Alexi Casilla, 2B
Jamey Carroll, SS
Joe Mauer, 1B
Justin Morneau, DH
Michael Hollimon, 3B
Trevor Plouffe, LF
Wilkin Ramirez, RF
Rene Rivera, C
Joe Benson, CF

Nick Blackburn, RHP


Sorry this is late. I was in the parking lot talking with Twins president Dave St. Peter, who is on his way to Miami to get a tour of the Marlins' new ballpark. Populous' Earl Santee, the architect maven who designed Target Field and countless other parks, is giving the tour.

Word is that the teams are going just seven innings today.

  • Nick Blackburn has four strikeouts over the first two innings.
  • Jon Lester is on the mound for the Red Sox.
  • Joe Mauer, playing first base, went to his right to make a nifty backhanded stop of Jarrod Saltalamaccia's grounder in the second.
  • Trevor Plouffe, playing left, yielded a double when he initially broke back on Jason Repko's fly ball and couldn't recover in time. There is a breeze blowing in.
  • There's no score heading into the fourth. Aaron Thompson on the mound.


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