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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Dozier, Correia, Diamond

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 12, 2014 - 8:11 PM

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 9-3 victory over the Rockies

DOZIER'S DEFENSE IN THIRD: ``When he let it go, I honestly didn't know where he was throwing the ball,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Justin Morneau singled up the middle in the third inning, and Charlie Blackmon was chugging around third and headed for home. Brian Dozier was in the short outfield, he played Morneau so deep. He dashed to his right fielded the ball and threw a one-hop strike to Eric Fryer at home in time to get Blackmon and end the inning. Not so fast. Rockies manager Walt Weiss wanted the play reviewed to see if Fryer violated rule 7.13 about catcher's blocking the plate. Angel Hernandez, the home plate umpire and crew chief, too a look and confirmed the play. ``Fry made a nice play,'' Gardenhire said. ``He got behind the plate then comes up and  makes a nice play.''

CORREIA IS A COORS MAN: Correia is 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA at Coors Field - six starts, 10 in relief. How come the Rockies have never gone after this man? I checked with a scout during the game who said Correia's stuff looked flatter than normal but he was finding ways to get hitters out. He's right. Troy Tulowitzki is batting .430 at home, and Correia got him to hit into a double play to end the fifth. ``The way I pitch kind of helps me,'' Correia said. ``I don't throw a lot of big breaking balls. Balls kinda do weird things, (but) it kind of plays in to the way I throw the ball.'' It's a big outfield here. There's a lot of room to cover, the outfielders play a little deep and a pitcher can get blooped to death if he's not keeping the ball down or jamming a few hitters. Correia apparently has figured that out here.

THAT'S IT FOR DIAMOND: For a while, it looked like Scott Diamond was going to settle in as a solid back-end rotation guy. Then things went haywire last season. He lost the battle for a rotation spot this spring. He opened the season at Class AAA Rochester but was demoted to the bullpen. On Saturday, the Twins released Diamond to make room for Trevor May, who's coming off the DL tomorrow to start for the Red Wings. Too bad for Diamond. A heck of a guy and hard worker who probably needs a change of scenery. Hope he gets things figured out.

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