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.

Twins-Red Sox: Phil Hughes goes for five straight as Twins eye series win

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 15, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Josh Willingham is headed to Class AAA Rochester for a rehabilitation assignment after taking batting practice before today's game against the Red Sox. Willingham will be there as long as he needs to get his bat going, which could be a few days or a couple weeks.

The Twins have a chance to win the three-game series today. That would give them back-to-back series wins against the defending World Series champs and the defending AL Central division champs.

Rigththander Phil Hughes guns for his five straight victory today.

I'm at the park today, but I'm working on some other projects. Today's guest reporter-blogger is the one and only Master Tesfatsion. Follow him on this blog and on twitter at @masterstrib.

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Big Papi, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jonny Gomes, RF
Mike Carp, LF
David Ross, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF

Clay Buchholz, RHP


Brian Dozier, 2B - today his birthday
Joe Mauer, DH - .385 v Buchholz
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Chris Colabello, 1B
Jason Kubel, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C - 6 for 12 v Buchholz
Chris Parmelee, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF
Eduardo Escobar, SS

Phil Hughes, RHP


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