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-Yankees pregame: Buxton back in Ft. Myers lineup

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 6, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Outfielder Byron Buxton will return to action on Sunday starting in Class A Fort Myers. He’s played just five games this season after re-injuring his wrist sliding into a base in May.

Buxton will start in center field and leadoff, but general manager Terry Ryan isn’t sure if he will play the entire game.

“Hopefully he’ll go out and be productive, do a good job and maybe we can move him up to the next level,” Ryan said.

Ryan repeated that Buxton was healthy and the team won’t be more precautious after suffering two wrist injuries this season.

“We handled it well the first time and unfortunately he just tweaked it,” Ryan said. “That happens. He’s ready to go.”

Meanwhile in the Twin Cities, Eduardo Nunez started at shortstop after missing Saturday’s game with an illness. It's Nunez's first start against his former team this series. He's made one appearance as a pinch runner over the last three games.Kendrys Morales received the day off with Chris Colabello slotted as the designated hitter. Here’s the lineup:

Yankees (43-43)

Brett Gardner (L), LF

Derek Jeter, SS

Jacoby Ellsbury (L), CF

Mark Teixeira (S), 1B

Brian McCann (L), C

Carlos Beltran (S), DH

Brian Roberts (S), 2B

Ichiro Suzuki (L), RF

Kelly Johnson (L), 3B

Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

Twins (39-47)

Brian Dozer, 2B

Eduardo Nunez, SS

Chris Parmelee (L), 1B

Josh Willingham, LF

Oswaldo Arcia (L), RF

Kurt Suzuki, C

Trevor Plouffe, 3B

Chris Colabello, DH

Sam Fuld (L), CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP



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