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.

Game No. 158: Arcia to have MRI. Tigers can clinch tonight.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 25, 2013 - 5:21 PM

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is having a precautiionary MRI done on his right knee - at least the Twins call it precautionary. Arcia banged his knee before Monday's game and hasn't played since - and it doesn't make sense for him to play if he's hobbled in any way. What's the point, Just play whomever is healthy and lets the get the season over with.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is not moving off his stance that Ron Gardenhire is an excellent manager. ``I have the utmost respect for Ron Gardenhire,'' Leyland said. Gardy has a lot of support across the league and would not have to look long or hard to find another job if he's let go after this year. A report in the Chicago Tribune suggested that Gardenhire would land with the Cubs, a club that seeks a manager who can win and develop.

Torii Hunter has his goggles ready in case the Tigers clinch the division tonight. Cleveland must lose and the Tigers must win for that to happen.

Josh Willingham is not in the lineup either. Gardy indicated that Willingham was, ah, er.....discombobulated from last night's at-bats against Justin Verlander

Righthander Mike Pelfrey has made his final start of the season. Scott Diamond will pitch the final game of the season on Sunday.

Scouts from teams in the postseason are filling the pressbox, doing advance work on the Tigers. I remember when I used to write the, `Twins begin scouting playoff opponents' story in September. Seems like a long time ago.....

Tigers (92-66)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii, RF
3. Miggy, 3B
4. Prince, 1B
5. V-Mart, DH
6. Andy Dirks, LF
7. Omar Infante, 2B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Ramon Santiago, SS

Pitching: Max Scherzer, RHP

Twins (66-91)

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

Pitching: Kevin Correia, RHP



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