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.

Parmelee, Polanco in as Twins try to avoid sweep

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 29, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Colby Lewis is on the mound today, he hasn't had a quality start since the middle of the 2012 season, and this is a day where the Twins need to step up and pound a struggling pitcher.

The Twins offense needs to get going. Kendrys Morales is batting .172 over his last 15 games. Kurt Suzuki is in a 0-for-17 skid. Brian Dozier is 4-for-20 on the trip (at least he's drawn three walks). I guess I have to mention Pedro Florimon here. He's in a 0-for-12 skid and has a career average of .082 as a lefthanded hitter. CAREER.

Maybe that's why the manager Ron Grdenhire has decided to shake up the lineup as he tries to salvage the final game of this six-game terror trip.  Kyle Gibson will try to shake off a poor outing on Tuesday in Anaheim.

Class AA New Britain righthander Taylor Rogers has been named Twins minor league player of the week after allowing one run over eight innings with 11 strikeouts on Wednesday.

Twins (36-43)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Chris Parmelee, CF
Josh Willingham, LF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Eric Fryer, C
Jorge Polanco, SS

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Rangers (37-43)

Shin-Soo Choo, DH
Elvis Andrus, SS,

Carlos Pena, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Alex Rios, RF
Leonys Martin, CF
Robinson Chirinos, C
Michael Choice, LF
Rougned Odor, 2B

Colby Lewis, RHP


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