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 go for two straight over KC

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: June 9, 2010 - 6:19 PM

Alexi Casilla tested his surgically-repaired elbow before Wednesday's game, so we'll find out tomorrow how the elbow responds.

He hasn't lost his sense of humor. ``They took out one very big chip,'' he said. When asked where it was (some guys have brought them back from surgery), Casilla said. ``They had to send it to the museum.'' He then grabbed his glove and headed to the field.

J.J. Hardy said his left wrist remains sore, but added that he would be available tonight in an emergency. Tomorrow appears to be a big day, as he'll see how the wrist responds to a cortisone shot. He's clearly frustrated by the ordeal because he thought he was over the hump with the injury before having problems over the weekend.

Francisco Liriano's wife, Johnanna, gave birth to the couple's second child on Monday. Details to follow.

Justin Morneau had the hitting tee out on home plate for early batting practice. It's a cool drill, as the hitter focuses on the bottom half of the baseball, which creates backspin and carry. Danny Valencia, with Morneau's instruction, took some swings off the tee. Morneau buried several into the stands in right,

The Twins took 15 more pitchers among the 20 picks they had during the third, and final, day of the draft. They selected righthander Tommy Toledo in the 32nd round. Toledo was a third round pick in 2007 but didn't sign and had reconstructive shoulder surgery in 2009. Still, the Twins will have to go over slot to sign him.

Deolis Guerra has been sent down from Class AAA Rochester to Class AA New Britain.

New Britain outfielder Ben Revere will be out about a week after getting hit in the eye with a throw.

Royals (24-35)

1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. David DeJesus, DH
4. Billy Butler, 1B
5. Jose Guillen, RF
6. Alberto Callapso, 3B
7. Mike Aviles, 2B
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Yuniseky Betancourt, SS

RHP Kyle Davies

Twins (34-24)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jason Kubel,DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Nick Punto, SS

RHP Carl Pavano




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