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: The Father's Day edition

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 16, 2013 - 1:29 PM

Josh Willingham is not in the lineup today after receiving an injection in his left knee following Saturday's game. With tomorrow being an offday, Willingham will have two days for the medication to work its magic. He hopes to be ready to play Tuesday when the Twins open a three-game series against the White Sox.

Willingham said the knee bothers him when he runs, making playing the outfield difficult. Before you react to that, I must point out that Willingham acknowledged his shortcomings as an outfielder. He needs his knee to mend so he can be as functional out there as he can be.

``I wish I could blame it on my hitting, but I can't,'' said Willingham, who is batting .211 with 10 homers and 31 RBI.

He's not sure when he injured the knee, but said that sliding into second on Apr. 27 against Texas for his only stolen base of the season didn't help things.

So Oswaldo Arcia started in left once again while Ryan Doumit slid into the designated hitter role.

Joe Mauer (2,127,175) leads Matt Wieters (1,615,625) in voting for the All-Star Game. Mauer could join Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk as the only catchers to be elected to the game four times.

The Twins are going for the fourth straight win on Father's Day.

The club intends to announce several signings of draft picks of the next couple of days. Here are the ones I know about:

RD    PLAYER               POS         SCHOOL 
3  Stuart Turner            C            University of Mississippi
5  Aaron Slegers          RHP          Indiana University              
6  Brian Navarreto        C             Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville)
7  Brian Gilbert            RHP         Seton Hall University           
9  Mitchell Garver         C            University of New Mexico
10 C.K.  Irby                 RHP        Samford University                  
11 Nelson Molina          SS/2B     Antonio Lucchetti High School (Arecibio, P.R.)
12 Ethan Mildren           RHP        University of Pittsburgh            
13 Brandon Peterson      RHP        Wichita State University        
14 Zack Granite              OF        Seton Hall University           
18 Ryan Walker              SS        University of Texas-Arlington    
20 Jason Kanzler            OF        University of Buffalo            
21 Tyler Stirewalt         RHP        Fresno State University
22 Alex Swim                 C         Elon University                  
23 Zach Hayden            RHP       University of South Carolina-Aiken
25 Chad Christensen       OF        University of Nebraska
30 Tanner Vavra            2B         Valparaiso University             
32 Carlos Avila              SS         Cal St University-Dominguez Hills       



Tigers (37-29)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, DH
5. Victor Martinez, 1B
6. Johnny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Omar Infante, 2B
9. Alex Avila, C

Pitching: Doug Fister, RHP

Twins (30-35)

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

Pitching: P.J. Walters.




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