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-Royals game has been rained out

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 31, 2012 - 7:02 PM

The game between the Twins and Royals at Kauffman Stadium has been rained out. Not a surprise because it's been pouring all afternoon here.

And they are worried about getting both games in on Saturday.

The teams will play two games on Saturday, with the first game schduled to start at 3:10 p.m.

Cole De Vries will start the first game and Liam Hendriks the second game.

The Twins also plan to call up righthanders Esmerling Vasquez and P.J. Walters tomorrow, the first day rosters can be expanded. Vasquez looks to be the starter on Sunday against the Royals. 


It's been raining ever since the flight from MSP landed here at 11:30 this morning

.Right now it's just a steady, busy rainfall. The kind of rainfall that usually washes out games. This is rain from Issac, the former hurricane that has caused widespread flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Royals claim that they can get the game in. We'll keep you posted here on that. It's rained a lot, but the outfield seems to be taking it well.

Outfielder Matt Carson, who has replaced the injured Denard Span on the roster, should be here by now.

By the way, the Royals are inducting George Toma into their Hall of Fame. The groundskeeping guru has worked on the Twins' fields in Fort Myers for more than 10 years. Congrats to him!

Will check back later with updates from a soggy Kauffman Stadium.

UPDATE: The Royals still claim that this game will be played. I don't see it. Discussions, however, are ongoing.

The Twins will call up two players from Class AAA Rochester after the game, as teams begin to add September callups. Expect one of them to be Esmerling Vazquez, who might start on Sunday.  Sounds like a few more will be called up in the coming days.

Class AAA Rochester will finish on the fringe of the playoff race. but the Red Wings played better baseball. "I don't think we would have been back if we had lost 90 games again," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. "I think they had enough."

Joe Mauer is getting a day off.

Ben Revere, who is in a big slump, is getting a day off.

Because of the rain, George Toma's induction ceremony has been cancelled.

Twins (53-78)

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

Pitching: RHP Cole De Vries

Royals (59-71)

1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Yuniel Escobar, SS
3. Alex Gordon, LF
4. Billy Butler, DH
5. Salvador Perez, C
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Jeff Francouer, RF
8. Eric Hosmer, 1B
9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B

Pitching: LHP Will Smith


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