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.

Game No. 5: When will the Twins join the party?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 11, 2012 - 12:00 PM

The Atlanta Braves, unfazed by Houston wearing uniforms with guns on them, won 6-4 on Tuesday, leaving the Twins as the only winless team in baseball.

(The Astros celebrated their 50th anniversary by wearing Colt 45's uniforms that included a pistol across the chest).

The Twins will try to win for the first time this season when they go up against ace Jared Weaver and the Angels tonight at Target Field. Temperatures should be around 45-50 degrees.

We'll be monitoring a few things at the park today:

Scott Baker: We're waiting for word on the Twins righthander, who is supposed to get another opinion on his elbow from specialist Dr. David Altcheck. Baker battled a tender elbow during spring training and left a minor league start last Thursday after 11 pitches when the elbow gave him more trouble.

Liam Hendriks: The righthander rejoined the club on Monday after spending the weekend in a Baltimore-area hospital because of food poisoning. He was expected to work out at the park yesterday, so the Twins might have an idea of when he'll make his season debut.

Fat players: Just kidding. But today is the annual Welcome Home Luncheon at Target Field, the big show for the local Chambers of Commerce.

Some other notes:

One thing to watch for over the next two games against the Angels: Will Mark Trumbo start at third base? Trumbo, really a first baseman, is learning the position after the Angels signed Albert Pujols during the offseason. He committed two errors in Friday's game and could be a mark for Twins bunters.

After giving up five earned runs over 52/3 innings on Monday in his Major League debut, Japanese righthander Yu Darvish is scheduled to face the Twins on Saturday at Target Field.

Brain Dozier, who impressed during spring training, missed Class AAA Rochester's game on Tuesday with a sore back. Jim Rantz, the Twins director of minor leagues, said Dozier isn't expected to miss much time.

Rene Tosoni, however, will miss a week to 10 days after cutting his left ring finger Saturday while sliding into home plate. He needed stitches to close up the cut..


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