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.

Twins-Indians: Lineups

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:54 PM

In last night's postgame blog, I mentioned Danny Santana's inability to get a bunt down. What I didn't address is if he should have been bunting at all.

If Jordan Schafer is batting, I might bunt. Down two runs, I would let Santana hit. He's one of the Twins' best offensive players right now. I can see the setting up an inning for Dozier, Mauer and others, but I want to see if Santana can clutch up and get a hit.

Home run leaders since July 23:

Chris Carter, Hou.        - 11
Giancarlo Stanton, Mia - 9
Oswaldo Arcia, Twins -   8

Tom Brunansky and Bobby Cuellar celebrate birthdays today.


Indians (63-61)

Michael Bourn, CF
Jose Ramirez, SS
Michael Brantley, LF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Zach Walters, DH
Mike Aviles, 3B
Chris Dickerson, RF
Roberto Perez, C

TJ House, LHP


Twins (55-69)


Danny Santana, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Kennys Vargas, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Eric Fryer, C
Jordan Schafer, LF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

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