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 try to bounce back on Friday after a close game last night

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 26, 2013 - 6:08 PM

Will check back with updates later. Twins are facing another young pitcher with a good curveball in Grimm.  About a dozen Twins players were on the field for early work. A lot of outfield work today, in particular.


Grimm is another young talented pitcher for the Rangers who throws a good curveball. ``We watched video of this guy and he can really wing it,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gardy was asked about playing Eduardo Escobar (.480 batting average) more.  ``I think I've got him hitting .400.'' Gardy said. ``I think I'm managing the hell out of him.''
He chuckled before adding:``We're going to use them all. Probably a good matchup for tomorrow. He's swinging well right-handed.'' Lefthander Derek Holland is on the mound for Texas tomorrow.

One quick thing about Joe Nathan. I've seen pitchers have Tommy John surgery and never come all the way back. I've seen pitchers have shoulder surgeries and never come all the way back. I've never seen a pitcher have reconstructive shoulder AND elbow surgery in his career and still throw in the mid-90's. Joe Nathan is a medical marvel.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Lance Berkman, DH
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. David Murphy, LF
7. Geovany Soto, C
8. Mitch Moreland, 1B
9. Craig Gentry, CF

Pitching: Justin Grimm, RHP


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

Pitching: Scott Diamond. LHP


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