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 postgame: 161 down, one to go

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 2, 2012 - 10:01 PM

The Twins have looked bad in two games here against the Blue Jays. At 66-95, they have lost at least 95 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since moving from Washington.

They have clinched the worst record in the American League

And they have locked up the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Ben Revere led the Twins with three hits but was picked off first twice.

Trevor Plouffe committed a throwing error then overslid second base while trying to stretch a single into a double. He was called safe as he dived back for the bag. That was a gift, as replays showed he was tagged out.

Tyler Robertson, in the eighth, got another shot at Adam Lind. After falling behind 3-0, Lind grounded to the left of Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla. Casilla got the ball and threw to first, where Robertson covered. But Robertson dropped the ball for an error.

The other problem, manager Ron Gardenhire said, was that Chris Parmelee came off the bag and dived for the ball when he should have let it go He should have been there to take the throw. But Robertson, once he got to the bag, has to catch the ball.

There's been two days of this up here in Toronto. Oh, sorry. I forgot I live in Minnesota.

There's been two days of this down here in Toronto.....

There's a light and the end of the tunnel.


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