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-Blue Jays: The first of a 10-game homestand

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 6, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Blue Jays (64-76)

1.  Jose Reyes, SS
2. Rajai Davis, LF
3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Brett Lawrie, 3B
6. Mosies Sierra, RF
7. Ryan Goins, 2B
8. Anthony Gose, CF
9. Josh Thole, C

Pitching: R.A. Dickey, RHP

Twins (61-77)

1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Clete Thomas, RF
3. Brian Dozier, 2B
4. Josh Willingham, DH
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
7. Chris Colabello, 1B
8. Josmil Pinto, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Joe Mauer took batting practice today, but still needs a few more days before the Twins can cicrle a date for his return,

Twins fans get to see Alex Presley and Josmil Pinto in person for the first time, as both make their Target Field debuts tonight. Presley, who came over in the Justin Morneau trade, is batting .389 through his first four games as a Twin. Pinto, called up last weekend, is 7 for 10 with one RBI.

The Twins will try to figure out how to hit Dickey's knuckleball tonight. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire pointed out that Dickey is now changing speeds with his kncukleball, which is an additional challenge. ``That ought to be entertaining,'' Gardenhire said. ``watching some of our kids take swings against him.'' Brian Dozier homered off of Dickey earlier this season, so maybe he can provide some pointers. ``Nah,'' Dozier said. ``It was a fastball.''

The Twins clubhouse looks a lot different after recent trades of Morneau and Jamey Carroll. Josh Willingham has moved into Morneau's old corner locker. There are huge actions photos of Twins players along the wall leading to the clubhouse. The ones of Morneau and Carroll have been taken down and replaced with ones of Kevin Correia and Jared Burton.



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