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-indians: Morneau doubtful for road trip

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 19, 2010 - 6:14 PM

Update: Justin Morneau feels fine when he wakes up in the morning but feels groggy in the afternoon. He did not come to the ballpark on Monday and will be examined by a specialist on Tuesday.

As of now, it's not looking good that he'll be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's able to come off of the disabled list following a concussion on July 7 in Toronto. He'll likely remain in the Twin Cities when the Twins head out to Baltimore and Kansas City.

``You talk to him, he's groggy and you can't do anything about it,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``How long it's going to last, no one knows. The doctors can only guess.

``It's how the player feels. And when the symptoms leave he can get  back to baseball activities. He gets up in the morning he says he feels fine. He makes some progress, then as the day goes on he gets headaches. So I can't tell you how close.''

Aaron Laffey has faced the Twins three times this season in relief, giving up two runs, one earned, over 3.2 innings. Career wise, he's 4-2, 4,71 in 11 games (8 starts).

Lefties are hitting .328 against him, but Danny Valencia is getting a start for a second straight game anyway

Michael Cuddyer is batting .389 against Laffey (8 for 17). Joe Mauer (.417) and Denard Span (.462) also have had success against him.

Scott Baker is 7-6, 3.50 against Cleveland. Travis Hafner (.384-4-7) and Andy Marte (.385-3-6) have had success against him.

Heard from the clubhouse that former Twin Mike Redmond, who was released by Cleveland on Saturday, probably will spend the rest of the summer in Cleveland. One of the reasons he signed there was because he has family there. Doesn't sound like he's knocking on doors looking to play again.

Cleveland just swept Detroit in four games. The Twins are going for their fourth straight win.

Cleveland (38-54)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Jayson Nix, 2B
3. Carlos Santana, C
4. Austin Kearns, RD
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Trevor Crowe, LF
9. Jason Donald, SS

Aaron Laffey, LHP

Twins (49-43)

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

Scott Baker, RHP





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