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.

Diamond accepts assignment; Bartlett and Kubel added to roster

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 29, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Scott Diamond pitched this morning in a "camp game" between Class AAA Rochester and Class AA New Britain. So that means he accepted his assignment and reported for duty.

With Diamond now in the Red Wings rotation, lefthander Sean Gilmartin will start the season at New Britain. Rochester's rotation is Diamond, Alex Meyer, Trevor May, Logan Darnell and Kris Johnson.

Gilmartin will join D.J. Baxendale, Pat Dean and others in the New Britain rotation.

That led to us wondering about the whereabouts of Alex Wimmers. Wimmers, I was told, will be a starter at Fort Myers.

The Twins are major chill mode as they rode the bus across town to face the Red Sox in the spring training finale. I foresee a lot of first-pitch swings today.

The Twins officially selected the contracts of Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel and reassigned Dan Rohlfing to the minor league camp.  The Twins are now down to 25 players.

They head to Chicago tonight and will have an informal workout on Sunday U.S. Cellular Field. The won't be allowed to use the infield, which was an area of concern as the White Sox groundscrew - led by the legendary Roger Bossard - have had to remove 400 tons of snow from the field. The bigger problem was the 30 inches of permafrost they had to deal with.

We have a distinguished group of minor league extras here today: Niko Goodrum, Levi Michael, A.J. Pettersen, Travis Harrison and Adam Brett Walker.


Brian Dozier, 2B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willngham, LF
Jason Kubel, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF
Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Red Sox

Nava, LF
Victorino, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Napoli, 1B
Grady, CF
Xander, SS
Carp, DH
Middlebrooks, 3B
David Ross, C

Pitching: Jake Peavy, RHP


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