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.

Twins-Rays: A chance for a split

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 4, 2010 - 1:27 PM


Busy day today with plenty of interviews and the announcement of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau as All-Stars - plus Delmon Young's candidacy for the  Final Vote. Teammates are trying to come up with slogans and t-shirts to fuel his campaign.

Tamoa Bay (47-33) Lineup change

1. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4, Willy Aybar, DH
5. Matt Joyce, RF
6. Kelly Shoppach,. C
7. Carlos Pena, 1B
8. B.J. Upton, CF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

James Shields, RHP

Twins (44-37)

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

Nick Blackburn, RHP


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