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

Gibson provides Twins much-needed boost

Kyle Gibson gave the Twins a strong start Friday against Kansas City, helping end a long Target Field losing streak.

Updated: April 12, 2014, - 12:39 AM

Gardenhire away for two games for funeral of Hirschbeck's son

Mike Hirschbeck’s association with the Twins goes back more than 20 years. He died Monday after a long battle with a brain disease.

Updated: April 12, 2014, - 12:11 AM

Gardenhire finally gets custom humidor, 1,000 cigars

The humidor was made last season and hidden over the winter at Target Field.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 10:08 AM

Fired-up Twins lose to Oakland again

Oakland defeated the Twins 7-4 on Wednesday, but most of postgame dealt with a 10th-inning incident between Glen Perkins and Josh Donaldson.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 05:20 AM

Twins notes: Wrist injury sends Arcia to DL

The Twins put Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day disabled list and called up outfielder Darin Mastroianni from Class AAA Rochester.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 12:33 AM

Twins Insider: Trade for Nunez sign of impatience with shortstop Florimon

While Pedro Florimon is capable of filling up a highlight reel with his fine glove work, this deal is an indictment of his hitting.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 12:18 PM

Nolasco gets first Twins turn on Opening Day in Chicago

Ricky Nolasco, well-paid and full of confidence, is the Twins’ de facto No. 1 starter.

Updated: March 31, 2014, - 10:41 AM

AL preview: Yankees back to being the Yankees again

New York wrote checks in its attempt to solve that 2013 third-place problem.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 10:45 PM

Catcher or first baseman? Question is big for Hall of Fame voters

Mostly, analysts say his 10 years as a catcher will determine Joe Mauer’s enshrinement.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 09:57 PM

Injury math: 90-foot move equals a 180-degree gain

Twins hope Joe Mauer’s switch will mean better health, numbers.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 09:48 PM

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