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.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, Perkins has MRI, Blackburn to miss start.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 16, 2012 - 4:05 PM

The Twins warned us.

Justin Morneau is playing first base today, with Joe Mauer the DH and new hero Clete Thomas in right field.

The bigger news might be Josh Willingham batting between Mauer and Morneau. I've gotta run down to the clubhouse and find out how they are handling the breakup. Did Gardy tell them together or separately? Did he have to do it in a public place to try to keep them from making a scene? Were there lawyers on hand?

Here's the lineup. Will check back with updates

UPDATES: Newsy day in the media capitol of the world. Lefthander Glen Perkins has tenderness in his forearm. He underwent an MRI exam, which confirmed the issue. Perkins has been shut down for a couple of days. In fact, he's not even with the team. Twins GM Terry Ryan  said Perkins will be evaluated in a couple of days.

Righthander Nick Blackburn (shoulder cramp) will miss at least on start. That means Anthony Swarzak and Liam Hendriks will remain in the rotation.

Jason Marquis threw in the bullpen on Monday and will be officially called up on Wednesday to make his Twins debut against the Yankees.

Josh Willingham has been named AL player of the week.

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Carl Pavano, RHP


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