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.

Day games galore as Twins kick off homestand

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 25, 2012 - 3:34 PM

The Twins come home tonight to begin a six-day homestand with a rare twist: Four of the six games are day games. Maybe turning Target Field into Wrigley Field is a good thing: Minnesota is 5-8 in the sunshine, reasonably better than its 10-21 record at night, and has won two of its last three.

This is blog is filed by Phil Miller, who is covering tonight's game as La Velle catches his breath from the road trip.

The Twins are back from a 5-3 road trip, and that's got to look pretty good to the Tigers, their weekend opponent. Detroit is arguably an even bigger disappointment than the Twins, sitting six games behind the first-place Indians after being swept in Cleveland this week. The Tigers have lost nine of their past 13, including both games of a two-game visit by the Twins last week.

Anthony Swarzak makes his first start since April 19, when he was shelled by the Yankees for six runs in 2 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium. He was sent to the bullpen after that start, but has earned another shot by posting a 3.06 ERA in his last nine appearances.



Span cf

Revere rf

Mauer c

Willingham dh

Morneau 1b

Dozier ss

Plouffe lf

Casilla 2b

Carroll 3b


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Berry cf

Dirks lf

Cabrera 3b

Fielder 1b

Young dh

Boesch rf

Peralta ss

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