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.

Marquis on the mound against Wainright

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 9, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Jason Marquis knows the Cardinals well. He won 42 games there from 2004-06. It was in the middle of his run of six straight seasons of at least 11 wins. Twins fans wouldn't mind 14 wins out of Marquis this year.

Marquis will make his second appearance of spring today when he faces one of his old teams. Marquis was shaky in his first outing as he struggled to find command of his darting sinker.

Spring training games are fake ones before the real ones start, but it would be nice for the Twins to remember what it's like to score runs. They have been shut out in back-to-back fields and have yet to homer in Target Canyon, er, Hammond Stadium.


Rafael Furcal, SS
Skip Schumaker, 2B
Lance Berkman, 1B
John Jay, CF
Tony Cruz, C
Daniel Descalso, 3B
Matt Carpenter, RF
Shane Robinson, LF
Zack Cox, DH

Adam Wainright, RHP


Ben Revere, LF
Jamey Carroll, SS
Joe Mauer, DH
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Ryan Doumit, C
Sean Burroughs, 3B
Brian Dinkelman, RF
Joe Benson, CF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Pitching: Jason Marquis, RHP


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