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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Deduno, Parmelee, Gibson

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 16, 2013 - 12:32 AM


Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 6-3 win over the Tigers:

1. SAM ' I CAN,' DEDUNO: Samuel Deduno had one of his best outings of the season Friday, holding Detroit to two runs over seven innings while walking just one batter. One. Deduno used to throw two bullpen sessions between starts just to help him remember the feel for his pitches. He no longer does that now as he got ahead of hitters fairly well and used his breaking ball effectively. ``You saw him get a couple of counts there when he would get two quick balls or three quick balls but he would come right back and pound the strike zone with it. That's all about throwing the fastball over, which normally he would go to the breaking ball to get strike three. He was able to throw his fastball.''

2. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: When will opponents stop trying to run on the Twins. Actually, if Prince Fielder had not missed the plate with his slide would have been called safe in the sixth inning. Instead, Chris Parmelee got his sixth outfield assist of the season by throwing a rope to Ryan Doumit. Replays showed that Fielder missed the plate and was tagged out by Doumit. The Twins lead the majors with 22 outfield assists.

3. WHO'S REALLY NEXT AT ROCHESTER?: Kyle Gibson gave up three runs over six innings on six hits and a walk while striking out four on Saturday. Not a strong outing as the Red Wings rallied to beat Gwinnett County. After walking five in his previous outing, Gibson needed a strong start to improve his case to be promoted. But, if the Twins really needed a starter right now, they probably would clear space on their 40-man roster for lefthander Andrew Albers. who is 5-2 with a 3.01 ERA. He's the hot hand. ``Correct.'' Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said. ``He's pitching better than anyone we have down there. And he has for a month, it's not like one start.'' Albers was on the same pitching staff at the University of Kentucky with Class AA New Britain's Logan Darnell and Alex Meyer.




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