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-White Sox: Road kings are back on the road

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under On the road Updated: September 16, 2013 - 5:25 PM


The Twins begin their final road trip of the season tonight against the White Sox, their new patsies. Their only patsies in the division.

Ten of 16 games between the teams this season have gone to the Twins, as Chicago has sunk to the bottom of the division standings. Given how the Twins have won so many road series the second half - including ones at Texas and Detroit, anything less than two out of three would be shocking, right?

The Twins have gone 33-41 on the road compared to 31-43 at home. They are 17-11 on the road since July 13, tied for second most wins in baseball since that date. And they are 6-2-1 in their last nine road series. So they are about to get this road trip off to a roaring start, right?

Will check in later with lineups and updates.

By the way, 17 years ago today, Paul Molitor got his 3,000th hit with a triple in Kansas City. He was the first member of that 3,000 hit club to do with a triple. Chuck Knoblauch got his 1,000th career hit in the same game.

Updates

Brian Dozier is getting a day off, which has been a couple weeks in the making. Dozier was able to hold Gardy off for awhile, but no longer.

Eric Freyer will get the start on Wednesday because he worked well with Scott Diamond when the two were at Class AAA Rochester.

The White Sox are 33 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 1976 season. Holy Hanna.

Trevor Plouffe, batting third tonight, is hitting .368 this month.


Twins (64-84)

1. Alex Presley, OF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 2B
3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
4. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
5. Josh Willingham, DH
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Josmil Pinto, C
8. Chris Herrmann, RF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Liam Hendriks, RHP

White Sox (58-91)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Conor Gillapsie, 3B
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adam Dunn, DH
6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
7. Jordan Danks, RF
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Bryan Anderson, C

Pitching: Erik Johnson, C

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