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.

The return of Brian Duensing

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 23, 2010 - 5:19 PM

Was digging through the archives this afternoon when my first search dug up a story I wasn't looking for - Brian Duensing's first major league start last year.

``FILL-IN DUENSING HOLDS UP FED-UP WHITE SOX,'' the headline read. Duensing held the White Sox to two runs over five  innings in a game the Twins eventually won 3-2.

Duensing's pitches are capped at around 70-75 tonight in his first start of the season, so the club probably would take the same outing, considering the bullpen should be rested.

Duensing said he hasn't thrown his curveball much as a reliever but all his pitches will be in play tonight, It will be interesting to see if he has command of his curveball early.

Brian Roberts is the diva of the Orioles. He showed up at the park yesterday and pretty much said he was playing tonight despite initial plans to wait a couple more days.

Ty Wigginton was suspended for three games for his tirade yesterday but has appealed the decision (big shocker) and is in the lineup today.

Delmon Young's .400 batting average this month is tied for second in the majors behind San Francisco's Buster Posey (.438).

Twins (51-45)

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

Brian Duensing, LHP

Orioles (30-65)

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Miguel Tejada, 3B
3. Ty Wigginton, 1B
4. Luke Scott, DH
5. Adam Jones, CF
6. Felix Pie, LF
7. Craig Tatum, C
8. Corey Patterson, RF
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP


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