La Velle Neal

Reporter | Minnesota Twins
Phone: 612.674.4888
La Velle E. Neal III has covered Major League Baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, 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 Dan Barreiro during the season.

Recent content from La Velle Neal

Woe is Joe: Mauer keeps the faith despite lengthy slump

Twins star Joe Mauer seeks a turnaround from what has been a career-worst season so far. A .320 lifetime hitter, Mauer is hitting .263 to go with two home runs and 15 RBI through 58 games. "I'm just trying to stay positive," he said.

Updated: June 13, 2014, - 06:44 AM

Twins' prolific bats drive rare success against AL East

The Twins are 6-for-6 in series against AL East teams this season. They went 4-2 this year against Toronto, winning the season series for the first time since 2005.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 06:54 AM

Twins send Pinto to Rochester to get more playing time

“It’s not fair for him to sit,” manager Ron Gardenhire said after the Twins beat Toronto 7-2 on Wednesday.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 12:54 AM

Twins, Correia escape jams to shut out Toronto

The win was Kevin Correia’s first since May 20 at San Diego, and it quieted some of speculation about his future in the Twins' rotation.

Updated: June 11, 2014, - 08:10 AM

Twins notes: Pelfrey out 2-4 months after surgery on elbow

Twins righthander Mike Pelfrey had surgery Tuesday to alleviate pressure on the ulnar nerve in his elbow and will miss several weeks, possibly the season.

Updated: June 11, 2014, - 07:02 AM

Recovering Twins GM Ryan working way back into driver's seat

TORONTO – Terry Ryan is back, but is the Twins general manager doing anything more than running news conferences?That brought...

Updated: June 11, 2014, - 12:57 AM

Twins' ninth-inning rally goes to waste against Blue Jays

Toronto’s victory dropped Minnesota four games under .500.

Updated: June 10, 2014, - 06:19 AM

Morales conference marks return of GM Ryan

Ryan won’t be back completely to resume day-to-day activities, but he said he will take some of the load off assistant GM Rob Antony, who has filled in for Ryan and will travel on the Twins’ nine-game road trip that begins Monday in Toronto.

Updated: June 08, 2014, - 11:19 PM

Twins go on a pitcher power trip in Day 2 of draft

The team has been adding to its pitching corps with college pitchers who have blazing fastballs.

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 07:11 AM

After delay, Twins rally against Houston but lose 5-4

Down 5-0, the Twins scored three runs in the seventh, two on Danny Santana’s two-run home run. But it wasn't enough to make up for the three Astros home runs allowed by Phil Hughes.

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 07:10 AM

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