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-Royals: Time to play a game

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Off the field Updated: April 29, 2012 - 9:28 AM

I tweeted late Saturday afternoon that the Twins could have gotten their game against the Royals in if they really had to. About 35 minutes after the game was called, the rain stopped and never returned.

But it would have been crummy weather to play in and crummy weather to watch a game in. Some readers feel the Twins should be called on the carpet for not playing the game after opening the gates. Folks, get used to it. This goes on all over baseball. Teams will open for business and sell a couple rounds while they cross their fingers that a "window:" will open to play the game in. If not, well, they were able to sell a couple rounds. I've sat through dozens of these situations in nearly 20 years of covering Major League Baseball. It's not going to change.

I'm assuming that, since the pitching matchups haven't changed, that the starting lineups haven't changed either, Will update if there is a change.

One minor league note: Righthander Sam Deduno threw six pitches on Friday for Class AAA Rochester and walked off the field with a sore shoulder. Righthander Deolis Guerra, the lone remaining player from the Johan Santana trade, has been promoted from Class AA New Britain. Guerra was 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings for the Rock Cats.


Royals (6-14)

1. Chris Getz, 2B
2. Alex Gordon, LF
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Mike Moustakas,
7. Brayan Pena, C
8. Alcides Escobar, SS
9. Jarrod Dyson, CF

Bruce Chen, LHP

Twins (5-15)

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

Jason Marquis


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