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.

Roster shakeup: Valencia to Rochester. Liriano to bullpen. Maloney designated for assignment

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Roster moves Updated: May 9, 2012 - 10:43 PM

The 8-22 Twins couldn't stand it anymore and made several roster moves after the game.

The Twins optioned third baseman Danny Valencia to Class AAA Rochester. He's gone 26 plate appearances without a hit this month.

Francisco Liriano was demoted to the bullpen.

Matt Maloney was designated for assignment and will likely head to Rochester if he isn't claimed off waivers.

The Twins have selected the contract of righthander P.J. Walters and outfielder Darin Mastroianni from Rochester. Walters will start Saturday. Mastroianni can play all three outfield spots.

Jamey Carroll, and others, will play third.

Will check back after deadline with updates. Until then, discuss.

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