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-Angels pregame: Mauer leaves Twins to join twins

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 23, 2013 - 9:08 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Twins catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from Tuesday night's lineup so he could return to the Twin Cities to be with his wife, Maddie, who has gone into labor with the couple's twins.

The Angels are probably relieved. Mauer is 11-for-14 against them this season, including three hits Monday night.

In what could be a related move, Oswaldo Arcia was removed from the game at Class AAA Rochester in the third inning Tuesday night. He could replace Mauer, who will be away indefinitely on paternity leave.

Check back shortly for more updates.


Oswaldo Arcia was pulled in the second inning of Class AAA Rochester's game tonight, suggesting that he will replace Mauer on the roster while he's way on paternity leave. Arcia entered Tuesday 7-for-11 since returning to Red Wings.

Glen Perkins said he's good to go today after throwing 25 pitches and entering Monday's game in the eighth inning.

Wilkin Ramirez, out since late May because of a concussion and recurring symptoms, will work out for two days in Fort Myers, Fla. If that goes well he will begin a rehab program.

There was a report today that the Braves might be intererested in Brian Duensing. I have heard today that Ryan Doumit is definitely available.

Twins (42-54)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B

2. Jamey Carroll, 3B

3. Justin Morneau, 1B

4. Ryan Doumit, RF

5. Chris Colabello, DH

6. Clete Thomas, LF

7. Chris Herrmann, C

8. Aaron Hicks, CF

9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Kyle Gibson, RHP

Angels (46-51)

1. J.B. Shuck, LF

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Albert Pujols, DH

4. Howie Kendrick, 2B

5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B

6. Mark Trumbo, 1B

7. Hank Conger, C

8. Collin Cowgill, RF

9. Erick Aybar, SS

Pitching: Tommy Hanson, RHP



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