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 open four-game series in Seattle

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 25, 2013 - 5:35 PM

The Mariners are 13-6 over their last 19 games, which can happen when you pitch Felix and Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma back-to-back nights and get some hitting.

Seattle's lineup has a couple players who could be traded by Wednesday's non-waiver deadline, like Raul, 'Ponce de Leon,' Ibanez and Kendrys Morales. They also have players they want to build around for the future, like Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino. Ackley, since the last time you saw him, has been moved to center field.

But back to Iwakuma and King Felix. The two have crushed the Twins recently, combining to throw throw 44.2 consecutive  scoreless innings at them. Hernandez, for instance,  has thrown 24 straight scoreless innings against the Twins, the third longest streak ever against them (Mark Buehrle is first, Scott Downs second).

Can the Twins break through tonight?

Will check back with some updates later.

Twins (43-55)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Chris Herrmann, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Ryan Doumit, RF
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Clete Thomas, LF
7. Chris Colabello, DH
8. Aaron Hicks, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Kevin Correia, RHP

Mariners (48-53)

1. Brad Miller, SS
2. Nick Franklin, 2B
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Kendrys Morales, DH
5. Kyle Seager, 3B
6. Justin Smoak, 1B
7. Michael Saunders, RF
8. Mike Zunino, C
9. Dustin Ackley, CF

Pitching: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP




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