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-Brewers: Twins try to end the road trip on a winning note

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 3, 2014 - 6:30 PM

The Twins can head home 3-2 on this road trip if they can get their offense going against Yovani Gallardo, who is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts against them.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire continues to search for the right lineup. Today he has Danny Santana batting leadoff, with Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer moving down to second and third.

``He just brings some life to the game,'' Gardenhire said of Santana. ``We'll see. We're trying to mix it around a little bit.''

Gardenhire looked at his lineup and thinks it's styled for the National League. There is speed at the top and bottom of the order, plus some power threats in the middle.

Sam Fuld will go out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment at the end of the week if all goes well. He's been going through full on-field workouts at Target Field with no setbacks.

Byron Buxton's wrist has improved, but there's still some soreness that needs to be worked out before he can begin baseball activities.


Twins (26-29)

Danny Santana, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willngham, LF
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Josmil Pinto, C
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Samuel Deduno, RHP

Brewers (35-23)

Jean Segura, SS
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Ryan Braun, RF
Carlos Gomez, CF
Khris Davis, LF
Mark Reyolds, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Martin Maldonado, C
Yovani Gallardo, RHP

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