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-Tigers: Deduno tonight, Walters tomorrow.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Twins assistant General Manager Rob Antony confirmed that righthander P.J. Walters will start on Saturday and that the club will announce the roster move after the game. The Twins have to clear space on both their 25-man and 40-man rosters to make space for Walters, so things will be interesting after the game.

Walters, in nine starts at Rochester, was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA.

Pedro Florimon said his sprained index finger was better, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he wants to watch Florimon during pre-game work before he will be comfortable using Florimon off the bench tonight.

Justin Morneau said the pitch he was hit with in Atlanta is not bothering him at all.

Trevor Plouffe (concussion) spent pre-game doing, ``the most cardio work I've ever done in my life,'' he said. He feels no lingering effects from the knee to the head he received from Dan Uggla in Atlanta while sliding into second. Plouffe has passed an  ImPACT test and is now building up to rejoin the team when his seven days on the concussion list have passed.


From the Sports Features Group, the league leaders in swinging strikeouts:

Yu Darvish*, Rangers, 74
Matt Harvey, Mets, 59
Max Scherzer, Tigers, 58
Jeff Samardzija, Cubs, 56
Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 55
A.J. Burnett*, Pirates, 54
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners, 54
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, 54
Anibal Sanchez, Tigers, 51
Justin Verlander, Tigers, 51
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 51

And, a couple Twins-related notes:

Longest losing streak in 2012: 6 games, April 21-27

Longest losing streak since 11 games, September 9-21, 2011

Since May 2 five Twins starters have pitched at least 6.0 innings:

- 5/5, Mike Pelfrey (6.0 IP) at Cleveland
- 5/7, Scott Diamond (7.0 IP) at Boston
- 5/10, Mike Pelfrey (6.0 IP) vs. Baltimore
- 5/14, Kevin Correia (7.0 IP) vs. Chicago-AL
- 5/17, Vance Worley (6.0) vs. Boston

Twins (18-26)

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

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP

Tigers (26-19)

1. Andy Dirks, LF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miggy, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Don Kelly, CF
9. Asivail Garica, RF

Pitching: Annibal Sanchez, RHP



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