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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 20, 2013 - 7:49 PM

 

1. TWINS BULLPEN: They claim this is just a carryover from last year, but the relievers have a 2.10 ERA this season. Brian Duensing said he felt out of sorts while warming up in the seventh because he hadn't pitched since April 12. `I was yanking pitches, and I don't do that,'' he said. He warmed up his the ninth, and felt great.  He had a strikeout over two-thirds of an inning. Casey Fien looks like he's ready to take another step in his development. Anthony Swarzak almost had a four-inning save on Tuesday. Everyone in contributing.

2. CHICAGO'S BULLPEN: Matt Lindstrom walked a batter in the eighth but should have been left in the game to face aggressive rookie Oswaldo Arcia. Instead, Chicago skipper Robin Ventura went with Donnie Veal, who walked pinch hitter Ryan Doumit. In came righthander Nate Jones, who walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases. The White Sox were lucky the game didn't explode on them then.

3. SOMEONE TAKE CHARGE: Jordan Danks sent a pop up behind the pitcher's mound in the seventh that fell in for a hit. Either Pedro Florimon or Brian Dozier needed to get that ball. Vance Worley tried to make a Willie Mays-like play with his back to the infield but pulled up because, ``I heard Florimon coming,'' he said. An infielder has to take charge there and keep his pitcher from trying to be an athlete.

 

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