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 option Liam Hendriks to make room for Scott Diamond

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 13, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Pedro Hernandez showed up for work today with his left calf feeling much better. So it was off to Class AAA Rochester for him, since he was expected to be sent down to make room for the return of Scott Diamond today.

Not so fast.

Hernandez is staying. Righthander Liam Hendriks is being optioned to Rochester to make room for Diamond. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Hendriks threw better in his last outing but needs to be more consistent.

Odds are that Hendriks will pitch well there. He's 13-7 with a 2.95 ERA there. What he has to do is work on the things that will make him successful in the majors.

It's a good reflection on Hernandez, who seems to be around the plate and mixes his pitches well. He now gets to face his former team, the White Sox, next weekend when the Twins head there for a three-game series.

Down the road, Hernandez looks like someone who could stick around as another lefty in the bullpen if Kyle Gibson figures it out at Rochester or Samuel Deduno gets locked in after battling a sore groin muscle.

The Twins are in the process of figuring out where Hernandez will land in the rotation. There's talk of moving Vance Worley up in the rotation to Tuesday since he only threw 57 pitches on Friday.

Will post lineups in a couple minutes.

Here comes Mr. Harvey

The Twins are facing a tough task in righthander Matt Harvey, whose fastball can touch 98 miles an hour. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told reporters recently that Harvey has a chance to be very good.

“He’s got a little bit of style like Seaver,” Manuel said, as in Tom Seaver. “He’s a drop and drive guy. He gets a lot of torque from his backside pitching off the rubber.”



1. Collin Cowgil, CF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. John Buck, C
5. Lucas Duda, LF
6. Marlon Byrd, RF
7. Ike Davis, 1B
8. Justin Turner, DH
9. Ruben Tejada, SS

Pitching: Matt Harvey, RHP


1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Joe Mauer, DH
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

Pitching: LHP Scott Diamond


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