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-White Sox: Roster move looms

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 12, 2010 - 11:11 AM

Jose Mijares will be activated after the game. The belief is that catcher Wilson Ramos will be sent to make room for him.

Joe Mauer wanted to play today, so he's back behind the plate. He's batting .345 against John Danks.

Justin Morneau is batting .345 with three homers against Danks, too.

But people looking for a pick to click today might want to try Michael Cuddyer, who's 17-for-33 (.515)  with five homers off Danks.

All that considered, Danks has been Chicago's  best pitcher so far. He's 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA - and held the Twins to one earned run over six innings on Apr. 9. Danks got a no decision in a game eventually won by the Twins, 4-3.

Twins righthander Carl Pavano has pitched eight innings in each of his last two starts - and has lost both games.


White Sox (14-19)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. AJ, C
3. Alex Rios, CF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Mark Kotsay, DH
6. Carlos Quentin, RF
7. Mark Teahen, 3B
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Alexei Ramirez, SS

LHP John Danks pitching

Twins (21-12)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Brendan Harris, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

RHP Carl Pavano pitching



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