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.

Twins take their act across I-80 to Cleveland

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 23, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Can the Twins play the spoiler role?

Cleveland is 5 games behind Detroit in the AL Central and 2.5 games behind in the AL Wild Card race. The Twins have had some rough series in this town through the years, but can they use some of the magic they found in Detroit to beat the Indians and ruin their postseason dreams?

Joe Mauer visited his doctor at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, and the doctor was pleased with the progress Mauer has made since experiencing concussion symptoms earlier this week. Mauer was expected to contact Twins trainer Lanning Tucker at Target Field tomorrow to plan activities over the next few days. Tucker, as some of you might remember, was based in Fort Myers for many years as the injury rehab coordinator before the Twins brought him north this season.

Oswaldo Arica had a precautionary MRI taken of his left wrist. The doctor who is going to read the MRI has just arrived at the ballpark, so the Twins should receive the information soon. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony said they aren't concerned about anything but they want to make sure that nothing seriously wrong. If Arcia gets the all-clear, he can come off the bench tonight.

Cleveland has juggled its rotation, flip-flopping Scott Kazmir and Zach McAllister. McAllister will pitch on Saturday with Kazmir starting on Friday.

Twins (56-70)

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

Pitching: Samuel Deduno, RHP

Indians (69-58)

1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Nick Swisher, 1B
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Michael Brantley, LF
6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
7. Jason Giambi, DH
8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
9. Drew Stubbs, RF

Pitching: Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP - 2-2, 3.25 in four starts v. Twins

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