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-Blue Jays: Game No. 162

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 3, 2012 - 5:08 PM


The 2012 season ends tonight when the Twins take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, and it couldn't come any sooner. Injuries have kept key players on the sideline this series and the replacements have made mistake after mistake.

Joe Mauer, however, is playing. He'll set a career high by playing in his 147th game.

Just spoke with GM Terry Ryan. He was asked if the team was better off than it was a year ago. "No." he said. "We're still in the same spot, last place."

Ryan said he feels more up to speed now than he did a year ago, when he was inserted as GM to replace Bill Smith and had to his the ground running. He'll need to be up to speed, because this club needs more than a tweak during the offseason.

Twins (66-95)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Matt Carson, LF
7. Eduardo Escobar, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Scott Diamond, LHP

Blue Jays (72-89)

1. Rajai Davis, LF
2. Adeiny Hechavarria, 2B
3. Brett Lawrie, 3B
4. Adam Lind, DH
5. Yan Gomes, 1B
6. J. P. Arrencibia, C
7. Omar Vizquel, SS
8. Moises Sierra, RF
9. Anthony Gose, CF

Pitching: Brandon Morrow, RHP

 

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