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-Phillies: Correia v. Lannan. Revere returns. Diamond close to return

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 27, 2013 - 9:15 AM

The Twins and Phillies are set to throw down today under very pleasant temperatures in Fort Myers. Former Twin Ben Revere is on the trip and will lead off for the Phils.

Justin Morneau, `The Iron Horse' is in the lineup for the fourth straight game.

Lefthander Scott Diamond will throw a full-distance bullpen session on Thursday, the first time he's done so. After that, he will begin to build up stamina to pitch in games. If you use Thursday as a starting point, figure that Diamond needs around 10 days before he'll be ready to appear in a game, and the Twins might decide to give him a extra day off here and there to make sure they aren't pushing him too soon. But consider Thursday a big day for Diamond.

Kevin Correia is on the mound for the Twins today. After this game, he'll fly to San Diego to be with his wife for the birth of their third child.

Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, P.J. Walters, Caleb Thielbar and Anthony Slama are on the list to pitch today.

John Lannan, a pitcher I thought the Twins should have gone after during the offseason, is starting for the Phillies.

Phillies

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Dominic Brown, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. John Maybrerry, RF
7. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
9. Pete Orr, DH

Pitching: John Lannan, LHP

1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Iron Horse, DH
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Chris Colabello, 1B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Kevin Correia, RHP

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