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-Blue Jays: Cobbling together a lineup

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 2, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Thanks to injuries, the Twins' bench is thin tonight. Manager Ron Gardenhire has three bodies at his disposal - Pedro Florimon, Drew Butera and Jamey Carroll. Darin Mastroianni might be able to pinch run.

That's it. Justin Morneau (wrist, worn down), Josh Willingham (shoulder) and Ryan Doumit (thumb) aren't available. Poof, there goes the heart of the order.

I wrote about Morneau post-game last night, but I could have addressed all kinds of things that went wrong in Monday's game.

Trevor Plouffe hit a home run but he went for a force at home in the sixth instead of starting an inning-ending double play that everyone agrees could have been made.

Tyler Robertson has a chance to be a situational lefthander next season, but he gave up a RBI double to Adam Lind.

Chris Parmelee should have advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Missed opportunities to impress.

Anthony Swarzak gets the start tonight, with Luis Perdomo and Kyle Waldrop set to follow him if needed. This is a great chance for Swarzak to show he can be more than a long reliever.

This is the first time Toronto righthander Chad Jenkins has faced anyone on the Twins roster.

Twins (66-94)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Matt Carson, LF
7. Chris Herrmann, C
8. Alexi Casilla, 2B
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

Pitching: Anthony Swarzak, RHP

Blue Jays (71-89)

1. Rajai Davis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Brett Lawrie, 3B
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. J.P. Arrencibia, C
6. Kelly Johnson, DH
7. Adneiny Hechavarria, 2B
8. Mosies Sierra, RF
9. Anthony Gose, CF

Pitching: Chad Jenkins, RHP


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