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.

Back to baseball: Twins take on the Athletics at Target Field

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 13, 2012 - 8:36 PM

The Twins already are out on the field, working out the kinks from the All-Star break. Oakland worked out at 1:30.

You can definitely see where the outfield was attacked by the concert last weekend. There's fresh sod in deep center field, but you can also see that some of the grass has been painted.

Matt Capps is here and will be available tonight out of the bullpen. Capps are activated from the DL yesterday, with Kyle Waldrop being sent to Class AAA Rochester to make room.

Word is that Zach Parise is going to throw out the first pitch tonight.

Will check back with updates.

UPDATES: Parise is throwing out the first pitch on Sunday, not today.

Carl Pavano was great before the game, taking the blame for letting the team down by not being able to take the ball. He's playing catch now and could pitch off a mound by the end of next week., There's no way he'll be ready to pitch in a game this month, but he feels like he's cleared a hurdle.

Scouts from the Mets and Yankees are here - at least the ones we recognized.

First round pick Byron Buxton has been slowed in recent days by a sore hamstring but is expected to return in a few days.

The Twins signed five more of their draft picks before the league-wide deadline at 4 p.m. They are lefthander Andre Martinez (sixth), outfielder Zach Larson (20th), righthander Travis Huber (23rd), righthander Carson Goldsmith (28th) and lefthander Andrew Ferreira (32nd)..

According to Baseball America, Martinez's signed for $80,000. He had an agreement for $260,000 but concerns about this shoulder popped up.

Athletics (43-43)

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
3. Josh Reddick, RF
4. Yeonis Cespedes, DH
5. Chris Carter, 1B
6. Jonny Gomes, LF
7. Derek Norris, C
8. Brandon Inge, 3B
9. Brandon Hicks, SS

Pitching: A.J. Griffin, RHP (0-0, 2.00)

Twins (36-49)

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

Pitching: Francisco Liriano, LHP (3-7, 5.08)


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