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: Trying to shake off a smackdown

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 17, 2013 - 5:40 PM

The Twins have not discussed if Liam Hendriks will make his next scheduled start yet. Hendriks was knocked out in the first inning yesterday, the latest in a run of poor recent starts. Cole De Vries replaced Hendriks and pitched five innings, and manager Ron Gardenhire said that the next start will go to De Vries or Hendriks.

When Darin Mastroianni replaced the ejected Pedro Florimon on Monday, it was just his second appearance at second base for the Twins. The other time was last season, also at U.S. Celullar Field. Brian Dozier was warming up to enter the game but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was determined to give him a day off.

Jim Thome stopped by to say hello on Tuesday. Thome is a special assistant with the White Sox.

Gardenhire was unhappy about the defense last night as his club was out of position three times on relays. ``Those are the things I am looking at. That's when I get disappointed, when we are not paying attention. Not only did we give up all those runs we missed three relays last night when when we didn't have guys in the right spots.


Twins (59-91)

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

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP


White Sox (64-85)

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

Pitching: Jose Quintana, LHP

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