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 call up Escobar and Perdomo for September stretch

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 3, 2012 - 4:32 PM

The Twins plan to call up two  - just two - players from the minors for the September stretch.

Infielder Eduarado Escobar and righthander Luis Perdomo are on the way to Chicago to join the Twins for the rest of the season.

Rochester manager Gene Glynn, the pride of Waseca, Mn., is set to join the Twins on Friday for the rest of the season.

Escobar batted .217 in 35 games after being traded from Chicago to the Twins in the Francisco Liriano deal. Escobar is a very good defensive player who needs work offensively. With Alexi Casilla beginning to make more money, Escobar could be in the mix to be the utility player in 2013.

Perdomo was called up in late July. He has a good arm but is working on his command. He was 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA and seven saves at Rochester.

The Twins did not call up Brian Dozier. He was told he had to earn his way back but went on a long hitless skid (I think it was 0-for-19) once he got there. Dozier did homer today during Rochester's season-ending win over Syracuse.

The Twins did not call up Oswaldo Arcia of Aaron Hicks from Class AA New Britain, although Arcia had a very good season and Hicks did pretty well too.


Josh Willingham is DH only today as he still is bothered some by a sore right hamstring.

Coon Rapids native Dan Johnson was called up recently by the White Sox and is on the bench tonight.

Denard Span (sc joint) had a good day of rehab on Monday, and GM Terry Ryan hopes that he will be back in the lineup when his DL time is up the middle of next week. Span is expected to start swinging a bat this week.

Twins (55-79)

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

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP

White Sox (72-61)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. A.J., C
7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: Hector Santiago, LHP


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