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.

Twins-Red Sox: Down 1-2 in the Mayor's Cup, Twins try to win crucial game

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins prospects Updated: March 14, 2010 - 7:49 AM

Joe Mauer was expected to play today but everyone decided there's no hurry in getting him back in the lineup after taking a foul tip off his right shoulder on Thursday.

That means he probably won't play until Tuesday against Baltimore since there's no way he's making the bus trip across the state to Jupiter to face the Marlins.

Justin Morneau was in the original lineup but was pulled for Brock Peterson. Spoke with Morneau earlier in the morning and everything seemed fine. He actually was headed to cage to take some swings. We're waiting to learn why he's out.

The Twins cut several of minor leaguers today.

Optioned: RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Loek Van Mil, SS Estarlin Des Los Santos

Reassigned to minor league camp: Catchers Jair Fernandez and Danny Rams.  LHP Jose Lugo, 2B Steve Singleton and OF Rene Tosoni. 

The Twins now have 48 players left in camp.

Update:  Morneau has some sort of soreness. Still trying to confirm where the soreness is. No reason to panic until we learn what it is.

Josh Beckett has been scratched because of an illness. Ryne Miller will start in his place.




Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jeremy Hermida, RF
6. Marco Scutaro, SS
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Bill Hall, 3B
9. Josh Reddick, LF

Josh Beckett, RHP Ryne Miller, RHP


1. Alexi Casilla, SS
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Michael Cuddyer, CF
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Brendan Harris, 3B
6. Brock Peterson, 1B
7. Jacque Jones, RF
8. Juan Portes, LF
9. Drew Butera, C

Kevin Slowey, RHP. Rauch, Crain, Guerrier, Perkins, Waldrop, Delaney on the list to pitch
First pitch 12:05


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