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 look to beat Royals for third sweep of the season

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 10, 2010 - 5:13 PM

J.J. Hardy is on the pre-game workout list, but it remains unclear if he's going to test his bruised left wrist today. If Hardy can't do anything early today, he could land on the DL and Trevor Plouffe could head back to the majors.

The Twins have swept opponents twice this year but this is the 10th time the Twins have had a chance to sweep a series.

Pitchers are taking batting practice today in preparation for interleague road games. All of them are trying to hit homers. There have been a couple. The problem is they were hit by Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, Ron Mahay, Jesse Crain and Jose Mijares - at least when i was watching -  and when are they going to get an at-bat?

Updates after the Gardy presser.

Update: Hardy will be examined by Twins doctors around game time, and a decision will be made whether to place him on the disabled list or not. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's willing to wait a couple more days if that's all that's needed for Hardy to return to action.

But Hardy did report to the ballpark feeling better than in recent days.

Orlando Hudson was out out the field before the game going throough rehab work for his sore left wrist.

Clay Condrey threw in the bullpen with no problems and is a couple days way from heading down to Fort Myers; Fla., to face hitters at extended spring training.

Royals (24-36)

1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. David DeJesus, RF
4. Jose Guillen, DH
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Mitch Maier, CF
7. Wilson Betemit, 1B
8. Chris Getz, 2B
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Pitching: LHP Bruce Chen

Twins (35-24)

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

Pitching: RHP Scott Baker


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