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.

Confirmed: Twins, Doumit agree to two-year contract extension

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 29, 2012 - 3:35 PM

The Twins have signed Ryan Doumit for a two-year contract extension that will pay him $3.5 million a year in 2013 and 2014.

It's a good move for the Twins. Doumit is a versatile switch-hitter who makes it easier for Joe Mauer to DH, play first base or get a day off. Doumit enters tonight's game batting .271 with 7 homers and 32 RBI.

Signed as a free agent for $3 million before the season, Doumit had been with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he compiled a .271 average in 611 games.


 Here are a few tidbits from the Twins as they prepare to open a three-game series against the Royals at Target Fie

Joe Mauer entered today as the American League leader in on-base percentage at .414...his OBP has not dropped below .400 since May 20 when it was .395.

Ben Revere has 12 multi-hit games in 24 total games played in June...among American Leaguers this month, he is tied for second
in hits (35) with Adrian Beltre, second in stolen bases (11), and 12th in batting average (.337)...lastly, he has struck out just six times in 109 June plate appearances.

Alex Burnett has posted a 1.93 ERA (37.1 ip, 8 er) with opponents batting .216 (29-for-134)...he has not allowed a run in 11 consecutive
appearances (12.2 ip) with four hits allowed, since May 28.

Some other stuff:

First round pick Byron Buxton finally got his first professional hit. He got a single on Thursday during a doubleheader against the Rays rookie team. He entered Friday 1-for-13 in his young career.

Will check later with updates

Royals (34-39)

1. Alex Gordon, LF
2. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
3. Mike Moustakas, 3B
4. Billy Butler, DH
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Eric Hosmer, 1B
7. Salvador Perez, C
8. Jason Bourgeois, CF
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

Pitching: Luis Mendoza, RHP

Twins (30-44)

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

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP


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