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: Arcia, Parmelee, defense

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 26, 2013 - 11:33 PM

ARCIA HOMERS: Oswaldo Arcia has both the Twins' three-run homers. He's something to watch at the plate, as he gets his hacks in. He drove a ball to the warning track in center in the seventh before his three-run jack in the ninth. ``We're just up here just watching and trying to let him play,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``Trying to get him as many at bats as we can, He's going to have some good ones and some bad ones. He's a strong young man. The ball he hit to center I thought he absolutely crushed the ball.'' People are worrying about Arcia being sent down when Darin Mastroianni comes off the disabled list. It's not for at least a couple weeks, so I wouldn't fret about that now. History suggests the move will take care of itself.

PARMELEE'S BEEF: Not sure if Chris Parmelee got a piece of the ball in the ninth or not, but he sure thought he did. Home plate umpire Ted Barrett ruled that Parmelee missed the ball and struck out. Parmelee wasn't happy and protested until Gardy ran out to take up the argument. ``it's a judgment call, and Ted said he firmly believes that he did not tip that foul ball,'' Gardy said. ``My only argument was that he would have walked back to the dugout if he didn't think he foul-tipped the ball. Parms was adjusting his gloves and getting ready to hit again.''

RANGERS: Texas made the Twins look bad tonight, putting the pressure on at the plate but especially on the basepaths. They are going to run aggressively and force teams to execute perfectly to throw them out. The Twins avoided giving up a couple more runs by throwing runners out at home plate, but if Hicks' throw on Berkman's ball is anywhere closer to the bag, Berkman's out. And Plouffe should have been given an error on Soto's ball in the second. I thought Plouffe flat-out missed Parmelee's throw in the third, but I was told in the clubhouse that the ball sliced away from Plouffe and was tricky. Still, the Twins have to play tight defense, especially on nights when the offense isn't able to bail them out. By they way, when is the offense going to start pounding people?

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