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 try to end nine-game road losing streak against Darvish and Texas

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 28, 2014 - 2:02 PM


Twitter fans are clamoring for Jorge Polanco to start a game now. Of course, after his two run triple on Friday.

But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said they need to work with Polanco on some things before they can start him. He didn't know where to position himself more than once in the short time he was on the field last night, and his arm was erratic during pre-game drills.

Gardy said Trevor Plouffe was tentative during Friday's batting practice, but Plouffe looked more aggressive today.

Eduardo Nunez came through yesterday's doubleheader fine and is scheduled to play in the outfield tonight for Class AA New Britain during a rehab assignment.

Kendrys Morales has the most experience against Rangers ace Yu Darvish, but he's batting just .136 against him. Joe Mauer and Chris Parmelee are 1-for-3 against him. Sam Fuld is 3-for-6. That's it for Twins with hits against Darvish.

Kurt Suzuki will try to break a 0-for-13 slump at the plate.

One thing from last night: Kevin Correia now leads the AL with nine losses.

Twins (36-42)

Sam Fuld, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, DH
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Chris Parmelee, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Pedro Florimon, SS

Phil Hughes, RHP

Rangers (36-43)

Shin-Soo Choo, LF
Elvis Andrus, SS
Carlos Pena, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Donnie Murphy, DH
Leonys Martin, CF
Chris Gimenez, C
Michael Choice, RF
Rougned Odor, 2B

Yu Darvish, RHP

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