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.

Dozier to start at short, Gardenhire says

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 6, 2012 - 2:23 PM

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, this morning on his weekly radio show on KSTP, said that recently-promoted infielder Brian Dozier will be his starting shortstop when he joins the team on Monday in the Twin Cities.

Dozier, along with lefthander Scott Diamond, were called up by the Twins on Saturday following their game against Buffalo (thanks for announcing it to the beat writers watching their 7-19 team while on deadline in Seattle, and I'm not talking about MH!). Dozier, currently their top middle infield prospect, is batting .277 for the Red Wings..

"We need some offense. We need some life," Gardenhire said on his show.

Gardy also pointed out that Jamey Carroll has played in every game this season and could use some rest. Carroll also can be used at second and third base, which gives Gardenhire a hammer to use against Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia if he needs to.

Truthfully, this team needs more than Dozier. Just adding up some stats here, and it make me want to run to the bathroom.

The Twins have nine hits over their last four games. Their team batting average: .078.

Extra base hits: One.

Walks: Nine

If you include the first game of the Angels series, they are batting .113 on this road trip.


Headed to the ballpark soon. Will check in with you later.

UPDATE: The offensive failure is officially historic!

From the Twins' media notes about the nine hits in four games: 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the fewest amount of hits over a four game span in modern Major League history (that is, since 1900)...Minnesota surpassed the previous four-game low of 10 hits, done by the California Angels in 1963 and again by the Cincinnati Reds in 1993.

Twins (7-19)

!. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Erik Komatsu, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Nick Blackburn, RHP

Seattle (12-17)

1. Dustin Ackley, 2B
2. Brendan Ryan, SS
3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
4. Jesus Montero, DH
5. Kyle Seager, 3B
6. John Jaso, C
7. Justin Smoak, 1B
8. Mike Carp, LF
9. Michael Saunders, CF

Hector Noesi, RHP


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