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.

Game Two: Twins go for sweep

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 1, 2012 - 6:32 PM

Cole De Vries is 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his career against Kansas City.

Liam Hendriks now takes the mound against the Royals. He's coming off an excellent outing against Seattle in a game the Twins lost 1-0.

Here's the Twins' lineup"

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

Pitching: RHP Liam Hendriks

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