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.

Postgame: Hendriks, De Vries, Florimon, bonus thoughts

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 17, 2013 - 12:53 AM

Here are three quick thoughts following the Twins' 12-1 loss to the White Sox:

HENDRIKS CRUSHED: Liam Hendriks didn't get out of the first inning on Monday and sounded like a broken man after the game. "Everything was terrible, just terrible.'' The coaching staff is going to talk about Hendriks and if he should make his next start. We'll see. I've never seen Hendriks that disappointed in himself before. Either you think he's crushed and can't turn it around or is ready to get off the floor and start punching back.

DE VRIES EATS INNINGS: If the Twins decide to make a change, Cole De Vries is stretched out. De Vries replaced Hendriks and pitched five innings.  Gardy credited the Eden Prairie product for saving the bullpen, but De Vries did give up four runs on three home runs - and had a blast by Jordan Danks hit high off the wall for a double. I think De Vries should get a start before the season is over. Is this his time?

FLORIMON TOSSED: Pedro Florimon didn't agree with a strike three call from Alfonso Marquez in the seventh. Florimon went out and played defense after the inning but told Marquez after the inning was over that he was going to check the replay. Marquez tossed him from the game. Florimon said he spoke to Marquez in Spanish which, I guess, is supposed to help. "I don't have to take that,'' Marquez told Gardy when the manager went to the field for an explanation.

BONUS #1: Trevor Plouffe was removed from the game after two at bats when the 55-gallon can of onslaught was dumped on them. When he steps into the batter's box Tuesday, he will be on a streak of reaching  base in six straight plate appearances.

BONUS #2: The Twins have scored zero or one run in 30 games this season.


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