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-Pale Hose: Twins officially place Capps on disabled list

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 25, 2012 - 5:28 PM


The Twins have placed righthander Matt Capps on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The move will be retroactive to June 24.

Lefthander Tyler Robertson, who will wear No. 64, will replace him on the roster. Robertson, called up from Class AAA Rochester on Sunday, was  2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 33 games with the Red Wings.

Capps was held out of action for a week when he first experienced discomfort. They left him pitch on Saturday against the Reds, but Capps experienced more soreness after that outing.

Capps said he was relieved that all he had wrong with him was some soreness in his shoulder. He's going to be examined by Twins physicians Dr. John Steubs and Dr. Dan Buss before the game, but the plan is for him to get a cortisone shot today or tomorrow, give it two days two work its way through the shoulder then start a rehab program.

It will be the first cortisone shot Capps has ever received.

He hopes he can be in position to make a rehab outing during the All-Star break then be ready to return to action right after that.


Lefthander Tyler Robertson is here and will wear No. 64. A former starter, Robertson used to throw a big curveball. Now he's a fastball-slider-change guy. He said he's always controlled his slider better than his curveball. We'll have to see if Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is ready to throw him into the fire against Adam Dunn late in the game.


Kevin Youkilis is here and is in the lineup for the White Sox, batting second. Sox manager Robin Ventura preferred to leave Dunn in the No. 3 hole. Chicago manager Robin Ventura said he likes Youkilis there because that allows him to move Gordon Beckham down in the order and lengthen the lineup.


Josh Willingham, Brain Dozier and Drew Butera modeled the uniforms the Twins will wear on Saturday when they honor the Minneapolis Millers. Have to admit, they looked pretty cool. There's a split doubleheader that day, and the Millers game will be the evening game. The Royals will wear Kansas City Blues uniforms. I tweeted photos of the uniforms. Again, if you aren't following @LaVelleNeal, what are you waiting for?

White Sox (38-34)

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

RHP Jake Peavy (6-3, 2.74)

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



LHP Francisco Liriano (1-7, 5.74)


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