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.

Game 1: Twins, 12, Tigers 4

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 23, 2014 - 4:28 PM

They had some more left in them, after all.

The Twins were back to bludgeoning Detroit pitching on Saturday as they pulled away to a easy 12-4 win in the first game of a double header at Target Field. After scoring 20 runs on 20 hits on Friday, the Twins scored 12 runs on 14 hits in Game 1 on Saturday. The 32 runs in back -to-back games is the most since they scored 32 runs in a doubleheader in 2007.

Jordan Schafer hit a bases-clearing triple as part of a six-run second inning. Kennys Vargas added a bases-clearing double in the seventh.

``Baseball go like that sometimes,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``You take swings and balls start falling you reach out and tap them and balls are falling in. We put a lot of good swings out there..''

Vargas finished 2-for-4 with a career high 5 RBI. In 21 games, Vargas has 22 RBI, the most for a player in his first 21 games since - Albert Pujols had 22 on 2001.

Righthander Yohan Pino improved to 2-5 as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on two walks and six strikeouts.

Target Field is being prepared for Game 2, which starts at 7:10. Oswaldo Arcia is expected to be in the starting lineup. He spent all night in the hospital with his sick newborn son, Oswell Daniel.


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