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.

Cole De Vries tries to help Twins finish with a 6-2 road trip

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2012 - 5:38 PM

Ryan Doumit is not in the starting lineup tonight. Doumit, who missed four games with a sore right calf muscle, has had the muscle tested while on the basepaths over the last two games and manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to give him a break.

That means Drew Butera will start behind the plate today. That's good, because Butera worked with Cole De Vries while they were in Rochester earlier this year. Joe Mauer will start as the designated hitter.

The Twins can finish with a 6-2 road trip with a win tonight.

De Vries will become the 33rd player from the University of Minnesota to play in the majors, according to the university. He will become the 14th Gopher to play for the Twins.

Thanks to historian Joel Rippel, here's a list of members of the Gopher-Twins club:

Paul Giel, Jerry Kindall, George Thomas, Fred Bruckbauer, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Greg Olson, Denny Neagle, J.T. Bruett, Brent Gates, Brian Raabe and Glen Perkins. De Vries is next.

Twins outfield prospect Joe Benson will miss six weeks due to hamate bone surgery on his left hand. A rough year just got rougher for him.

Just found out that Snoop Dogg is throwing out the first pitch tonight, fo' shizzle.

Twins (15-28)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Wilingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Brian Dozier, SS
7. Alexi Casilla, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Jamey Carroll, 3B

Cole De Vries, RHP

White Sox (22-22)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alexi Rios, RF
6. A.J., C
7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Orlando Hudson, 3B

Philip Humber, RHP


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