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 open a three-game series against the White Sox

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 13, 2013 - 3:20 PM

 

The rain has ended, the tarp is off and players are on the field for early work before the Twins play host to the White Sox.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau enter the series on fire. Mauer has a 11-game hitting streak and is on pace to hit 71 doubles (which would be a MLB record). Morneau is batting .345 over his last 14 games with 15 RBI. His 13 RBI this month leads MLB. If both those guys are hitting, the Twins offense usually purrs (except when Wei-Yin Chen is pitching.

Good thing the Twins are missing lefthander Chris Sale this week. The kid pitched a one-hit shutout against the Angels last night, taking a perfect game into the seventh.

In the, you-can't-make-this-up department, the Twins have a giveaway tomorrow night - blankets. It just so happens that the high is supposed to hit 90 degrees, by far the warmest day of the year!

Aaron Hicks, who missed a couple games with a sore elbow, is back in the lineup.

Pedro Florimon, who missed the Orioles series with a sore hamstring, also is back.

White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger has not drawn a walk in 125 plate appearances this season.

Will be back later with updates!

White Sox (15-20)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Dayan Viciedo, DH
5. Adam Dunn, 1B
6. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
7. Casper Wells, LF
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Tyler Greene, 2B

Pitching: RHP Hector Santiago

Twins (17-17)

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

Pitching: LHP Pedro Hernandez

 

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