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

Buxton on field, Sano on the mend and more

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Top Twins prospect Byron Buxton has returned to the field, although it’s for extended spring training...

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 11:54 AM

Twins hitters have responded to Brunansky's demands

The offense has taken a big step up after an awful 2013. Fewer at-bats have been given away, and the Twins have amassed clutch hits up and down the lineup.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 10:37 AM

Rain arrives at Target Field, and it might stay a while

Steady rain, chilly temperatures and a biting wind led to the postponement of Sunday’s Twins-Tigers game at Target Field. It...

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 06:34 AM

'Different look' Twins outlast Rays to start stretch against elite teams

The Twins took two of three from Tampa Bay, earning praise from Rays manager Joe Maddon, to open a 22-game stretch facing some of baseball's top teams.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 06:34 AM

Twins' Nolasco survives another shaky outing

Battling some command issues, Ricky Nolasco gave up six earned runs over six-plus innings in the Twins’ 9-7 victory over Tampa Bay.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 12:07 AM

Twins notes: Erratic Florimon out of starting lineup

It’s no secret that the Twins would like to give Eduardo Nunez a chance to take over at shortstop when he's healthy.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 07:36 AM

Colabello stays hot to help Twins top Rays 6-4 in extra innings

Chris Colabello knocked 3-2 pitch for a two-run single on the winning play. It gave him 26 RBI, tying Kirby Puckett for the most to start a season in March-April.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 06:56 AM

Rays lefty quiets Twins' bats with 12 strikeouts

David Price struck out 12 Twins — and avoided injury after being hit by a cringe-inducing line drive — to throw a 113-pitch complete game.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 06:33 AM

Fuld joins team; Mastroianni claimed by Toronto

Darin Mastroianni was 0-for-11 when the Twins designated him for assignment Sunday.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 12:18 AM

Super Sam? Twins would settle for Fuld being Steady Sam

Sam Fuld doesn’t need his cape; the Twins simply want him to be a competent fill-in outfielder.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 10:22 AM

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