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.

A couple notes on the final day of the All-Star break

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 17, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Good morning!

Was told during All-Star festivities that the Twins have shuffled their rotation for the series against the Rays. Kyle Gibson will start on Friday as originally planned, but Phil Hughes will start on Saturday while Kevin Correia will start on Sunday. Correia was in front of Hughes originally.

Who will round out the rotation? Yohan Pino is pitching tonight for Class AAA Rochester. If he remains on a normal five-day schedule, he can be called up to start for the Twins on Tuesday, That means Kris Johnson will likely start on Monday.

Where's Trevor May, you say? May was supposed to start on Sunday in his first game back after recovering from a right calf strain. That game was rained out. I'm guessing here that the Twins needed Pino to start tonight so he could get on line for Tuesday's start. May has not appeared in a game since June 21, so it makes sense that the Twins would want him to make another start for the Red Wings before considering a call up.

I haven't been told anything about a potential call up for May, but it's time he gets serious consideration with Ricky Nolasco on the disabled list.


Danny Santana (left knee bone bruise)  was 0-for-4 on Wednesday while playing shortstop for Class A Fort Myers during a rehabilitation stint and is 0-for-7 in two games since joining the Miracle. He's scheduled to play at least one more game there before the Twins decide whether to activate him off the disabled list.

Byron Buxton, by the way, had a good game. And Adam Brett Walker hit his 20th homer of the season.


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