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 in Miami for two games against the Marlins

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 25, 2013 - 4:11 PM


The Twins hit the field for early workouts before tonight's game against the Marlins. It was a chance for them to get a feel for this new and quirky park. I talked with a couple locals last night (during the, ahem, Stanley Cup clinching performance by a certain team) and they love Marlins Park.

``You can do other things beside watch the game, which is a good thing with the way the Marlins are playing,'' one fan said.

I feel the same about Target Field, but the Twins are flirting with .500 while the Marlins are one of baseball's worst teams. I'm sure fans look for other reasons to come to Marlins Park - if they bother coming at all.

That, "thing" in center field? I'm looking at it right now. It looks like a giant pinball machine. It's bigger than I thought.

Anyway, will check back later with updates, including Ryan Doumit, who was injured on Sunday while diving into home plate.

Twins (34-38)

1. Clete Thomas, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Pedro Florimon, SS
9. Kevin Correia, RHP

Marlins (25-50)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Ed Lucas, 3B
3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
4. Logan Morrison, 1B
5. Marcell Ozuna, CF
6. Rob Brantly, C
7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
8. Derek Dietrich, 2B
9. Jose Fernandez, RHP



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