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.

Postgame: Thoughts on Arcia, Nunez and Santana

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 2, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 8-6 victory over the White Sox:

OZZIE WAS CLUTCH: A couple of readers have suggested that Arcia be sent down, as his average has plummeted to the .210's and he's not very stylish in the field. I couldn't disagree more. If the Twins can't play developing players during a stretch of games that have no playoff implications, when can you? I do think Arcia needs to take the caffeine out of his game. He does swing too hard too many times and he tries to make superior throws and ends up throwing to the wrong base or overthrowing cutoff men. It looks like he needs to slow things down out there. But you don't want that exuberance to go away. Let's see how much he improves the rest of the way.

THROW TO THE RIGHT BASE: The Twins tried to get runners at the plate a couple of times, allowing other baserunners to advance a base. Then there was Arcia's overthrowing the cutoff. No, it should not be happening in August. I think it's a sign of a team trying too hard to make big plays when it should focus on making right plays. Nunez made the right play in the eighth, throwing to second make Adam Eaton pay for his boneheaded decision. ''Earlier in the game we had that same opportunity and we threw the ball the wrong way,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Those are little mistakes but they all add up to points on the board. That was a big play and (Nunez) came up with the right play.''

LIKE THE KID: Danny Santana added an insurance run in the ninth with a solo home run to right. I like to see the Twins keep adding runs, and it's impressive that young Santana is the one putting a foot on the throat. The one thing I want to point out is that this kid can hit a breaking ball. He can recognize them and put a swing on them, like he did to Daniel Webb's 87 mph slider in the ninth. I remember Torii Hunter needing a couple years to learn how to hit a curveball well.


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