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.

Twins hoping to play two in drippy Kansas City - DELAY

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Roster moves Updated: September 1, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Today's game is being delayed until 3:30 p.m. It's raining again, but the groundscrew has painted the infield, so they can just pull the tarp up and spruce things up once they are ready to play.

By the way, this is the first "true" doubleheader the Twins have played in since Sept. 13, 2008 in Baltimore. There will be 30 minutes between games.

A couple notes:

Kyle Gibson on Friday gave up three runs over 3.2 innings on five hits and three walks as Class AAA Rochester lost 8-5 to Buffalo. He threw 68 pitches, 43 strikes. That should be Gibson's final start of the minor league season as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery last year. Between Rochester, Fort Myers and the Gulf Coast League, Gibson threw 28.1 innings.

He'll head to Florida Instructional League for a few weeks before Arizona Fall League play begins in October.

After the game, Gibson tweeted the following: "By no means is it the results I want, but its getting better in one way or another each time out! Gotta keep working each day to get there!"

 Matt Capps (shoulder, rotator cuff) continues to work out at Target Field. Twins GM Terry Ryan said yesterday that there's a chance that Capps will be able to pitch in late September. Capps hasn't pitched in a game since June.

I'm going to re-post the starting lineups from last night's game, and will update if there are any changes. The only one I can think of is that Joe Mauer might play the first game after getting last night off.

UPDATE: It has stopped raining!!!!

The Twins have made their expected roster moves official. Righthander Esmerling Vasquez has had his contract purchased from Class AAA Rochester. Righthander P.J. Walters (shoulder) has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

More callups are expected sometime next week.

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 .Mike Moustakas, 3B
6. Brayan Pena, C
7. Jeff Francouer, RF
8. Eric Hosmer, 1B
9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B

Pitching: LHP Will Smith
 

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