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 updates: Diamond, Span, Mauer on waivers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 29, 2012 - 5:59 PM

Scott Diamond has dropped his appeal of the six-game suspension he was handed for throwing at Rangers' slugger Josh Hamilton last week.

Diamond will serve his suspension immediately.

Check back here later for lineups and updates.


Sorry this is late. It's been a crazy day here with press conferences everywhere. Joe C. is all over the All-Star Game announcement.

Denard Span has a bruised SC joint (connection between the breastbone and collarbone) in his shoulder and is day-to-day. The problem is that it takes four to six weeks to fully heal. Span is going to try to play whenever he can, but this looks like something he's going to have to battle over the final few weeks of the season.

Span said he wants to play as much as he can and make it through the season. It appears that he's going to need a few days before he returns to action.

And, yes, with the help of Valium, Span was able to get through the MRI exam at 6:45 this morning.

Scott Diamond said he decided to drop his appeal after talking things over with the player's association.

Mauer spoke to the media and said this isn't the first time or the last time he will be placed on waivers. Most Twins players know that they are placed on waivers during the month of August. "I signed here because this is where I want to be," he said.

Mauer has a full no-trade clause in his contract, so he holds the hammer even if the Twins wanted to deal him. But they don't want to trade him. This is a procedure that takes place every year at this time.

Mariners (63-67)

1. Dustin Ackley, 2B
2. Trayvon Robinson, LF
3. Kyle Seager, 3B
4. John Jaso, DH
5. Justin Smoak, 1B
6. Eric Thames, RF
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Chone Figgins, CF
9. Munenori Kawasaki, SS

Jason Vargas, RHP

Twins (52-77)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau,1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Samuel Deduno, RHP


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