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-White Sox pregame: Arcia returns to lineup

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 20, 2014 - 5:07 PM


Oswaldo Arcia is back in the startling lineup tonight as the Twins prepare to take on the White Sox in Target Field.

Arcia was was benched for two games in the midst of 10-game skid in which he's batting .063 with a .094 slugging percentage. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave Chris Parmelee starts in Arcia's place.

But Arcia is back in there today, and the Twins hope he's brining lightning in his bat.

``Watching a game or two, for these young guys, is not a bad thing,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire said that Arcia just needs to slow the game down a little bit, because he was, `trying to hit it 1,000 miles.'

Not that there was any doubt, but Gardenhire said today that Pino definitely will remain in the starting rotation after holding Chicago to two runs over seven innings.

Can Ricky Nolasco join in on the fun? Twins starters have a 2.41 ERA over their last nine outings.


White Sox (35-38)

Adam Eaton, CF
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Jose Abreu, 1B
Adam Dunn, DH
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Dayan Viciedo, RF
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Tyler Flowers, C

Hector Noesi, RHP

Twins (33-38)

Danny Sanchez, SS
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Kurt Suzuki. C
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Sam Fuld, CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

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