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.

Rain delay: Twins and Athletics game to start at 5 p.m.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 21, 2013 - 4:24 PM

The tarp has been removed. We'll have baseball at 5 p.m.

It was pouring here at this morning, so bad that the visitors dugout has a few inches of water in it and the coaches room in the home clubhouse is spouting sewage. Heard the Twins clubhouse is dry.

This at the same stadium where sewage has backed up in the home dugout a few times.

FSN's Kevin Gorg just texted that the Twins dugout is not as bad as the field looks.

Not sure what affect that will have on the start of the game. In 16 years of coming here, it was the most rain I've ever seen in California. It's starting to clear now and workers are brushing water off of the tarp. Hopefully, we'll get an update soon on if the game will start on time or not.

UPDATE: They just announced that the start of the game will be delayed. Sounds kinda graphic in the A's coaches' room. The shower area has backed up sewage and sewage, at one point, was oozing from the bathroom faucets. What a place.

Trevor Plouffe is back in the lineup after taking Friday off to tend to a sore left wrist.

Reliever Anthony Swarzak has left the team to take care of a personal matter. He will re-join the club Monday at Target Field. He left the  team before Friday's game.

Twins (65-88)

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

Pitching: Pedro Hernandez, LHP

Oakland (91-63)

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Jed Lowrie, SS
4. Yoenis Cespedes, DH
5. Chris Young, LF
6. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Josh Reddick, RF
9. Daric Barton, 1B

Pitching: Jarrod Parker, RHP


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