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-Brewers: Brooms in the air?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 23, 2010 - 12:26 PM

Rare treat for the fans today. Milwaukee didn't take batting practice, so the Twins pushed theirs back. That's more time for the fans to watch the home team get their swings in.

Orlando Hudson is good at bouncing back. His elbow felt much better today, so he's back in the starting lineup.

J.J. Hardy had a good workout today. He took two rounds of batting practice in the cage at 100 percent. He said his left wrist was sore, but not that much.

Hardy will come in on Monday, during the scheduled off day, for more work on the wrist. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that if Hardy looks good during early batting practice on Tuesday, he could be activated in time for the game against the Yankees.

Denard Span is getting killed for his premature home run celebration yesterday. Delmon Young called it, ``The Statue of Liberty.''

Both J.C., and I were told yesterday that the Twins would probably call the Astros to see what the price for Roy Oswalt would be. That doesn't mean anything is brewing. Houston will look for a lot in return - although history shows that the more a club takes on in salary the less it gives up in talent.

I would imagine several teams would be interested in a pitcher like Oswalt. It would say a lot about the Twins if they beat out teams to land him. Making the best offer to deal for Oswalt is totally different than waiting for the market to come back to them on Orlando Hudson or signing Jim Thome to a very workable deal.

No Brewers lineup yet.

Brewers (16-27)

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
2. Carlos Gomez, CF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Casey McGehee, DH
6. Corey Hart, RF
7. Craig Counsell, 3B
8. Alcides Escobar, SS
9. George Kottras, C

Pitching: Marco Estrada (0-0, 6.23)

Twins (26-17)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Trevor Plouffe, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano (4-4, 4.11)


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