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 are back home, looking for offense

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 11, 2013 - 4:28 PM

The bus riders are the players who get on base. That's been pretty non-existent lately, as the leadoff spot when 0-for-24 on their recently-completed road trip to Kansas City and Washington.

The bus drivers are your main run producers in the middle of the order. Well, the Twins were 7-for-59 (.119) during the road trip.

So what do you have when you there are no bus riders or bus drivers? A broken down bus. They hope to get right against the Phillies and lefthander Cole Hamels tonight. Hamels is 2-9 but entered the season 91-60 in his career and could always have a flashback moment.

Other stuff:

Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI today for Class AAA Rochester as he continues with his rehab stint there. Plouffe could return to the team in a few days and needs to bring a hot bat with him. With Deibinson Romero playing well at Rochester and Miguel Sano now at Class AA New Britain, there are present and future challenges in place for the third base job.

OPEN TRYOUTS: The Twins will hold an open tryout at the Metrodome on June 19, 2013. Registration is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. near Gate H on Wednesday, June 19th. Only players that are eligible to sign a professional contract may participate To be eligible, players must be a high school graduate, junior in college or at least 21 years of age.

FAN MILESTONE: The 10 millionth fan in Target Field history should roll through the park tonight. The Twins have drawn 9,983,735 in attendance, making them just 16,265 shy of 10 million. And, no, that fan will not receive any special prizes.

Will check in later with lineups and updates


Phillies (31-33)

1. Michael Young, 3B
2. Ren Revere, CF
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, DH
7. John Mayberry, Jr. RF
8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
9. Humberto Quintero, C

Pitching: Cole Hamels, LHP

Twins (27-33)

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

Pitching: P.J. Walters, RHP 


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