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: Jason Marquis headed to New Britain, NOT Rochester

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Roster moves Updated: April 4, 2012 - 12:42 PM

UPDATE: Jason Marquis will be optioned to Class AA New Britainr. Marquis, being a veteran player with at least five years of experience, had to agree to the move. Sorry about the confusion, but I got some bad info. Being at New Britain allows Marquis to get to New York to visit his daughter, who's still in the hospital.

If he makes two starts, he could build his pitch count to around 85.

The Twins are expected to announce roster moves sometime today that will officially set their 25-man roster for Opening Day. For instance, righthander Jared Burton and third baseman Sean Burroughs were non-roster invites to camp and have to be officially placed on the roster.

Burroughs could complicate things with his sore back, but he's expected to be O.K. We'll learn more about his condition later.

Fans here will get a chance to see some future Twins today, mainly outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Angel Morales and shortstop Levi Michael. Arcia was in major league camp for awhile. Morales is still highly thought of but could use a big season. Michael was the Twins' first round pick last June.

Marty Popham was selecrted in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft last December. He was a 20th round pick in 2008 by Cleveland.

Joe Mauer is at first base today and should take some abuse from his brother, Jake, the Miracle manager.

Well, Gardy has talked about having plenty of flexibility with his roster. This looks like his flex offense.....


Daniel Santana, 2B
Jairo Perez, 3B
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Dan Rohlfing, C
Lance Ray, LF
Angel Morales, CF
Danny Rams, DH
Michael Gonzalez, 1B
Levi Michael, SS

Marty Popham, RHP

Denard Span, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Justin Morneau, DH
Josh Willingham, LF
Ryan Doumit, C
Luke Hughes, 3B
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Ben Revere, RF

Nick Blackburn, RHP


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