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

Stopgap help sought in center as Hicks continues to struggle

The Twins might be looking for a way to get Aaron Hicks down to Class AAA Rochester, where he can work on his swing and get used to batting righthanded all the time after giving up switch hitting during the last homestand.

Updated: June 04, 2014, - 06:31 AM

Brewers master the little things to defeat Twins

The Brewers eased their way to a 6-2 victory, playing better than the Twins in all areas of the game and getting 6 1/3 shutout innings from Matt Garza.

Updated: June 03, 2014, - 07:58 AM

Santana returns to Twins' lineup after stitches

Injured on Friday in New York, he was back in center field on Monday at Milwaukee.

Updated: June 02, 2014, - 10:02 PM

After beating Yankees, Hughes keeps celebration quiet

The Twins righthander downplayed his eight innings of dominance and victory over the Yankees, his former team.

Updated: June 02, 2014, - 12:11 PM

Twins' six-run burst in ninth inning topples Yankees

Late rally makes Twins’ series victory more than a blip.

Updated: June 02, 2014, - 06:52 AM

MLB Insider: Blue Jays flying high in wacky AL East

Toronto is a sizzling 20-9 in May, entering Saturday’s game. Edwin Encarnacion has smashed 16 homers this month, tying Mickey Mantle for the AL record and getting within one of Barry Bonds’ record for home runs in May.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 12:32 AM

Twins notes: Players not surprised by start of Yankees' Solarte

Brian Dozier and Chris Parmelee are not surprised the switch-hitting Yangervis Solarte is in the majors with the Yankees. Both played with Solarte in the minors.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 12:31 AM

Behind Tanaka, Yankees even series with Twins

Masahiro Tanaka permitted one unearned run in eight innings. The heralded rookie from Japan gave up four singles, just two leaving the infield as the Yankees won 3-1 over the Twins.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 12:28 AM

Twins notes: Pelfrey to see specialist about elbow problem

Twins righthander Mike Pelfrey, working on his game at Class AAA Rochester, has an ulnar nerve problem in his elbow that could lead to minor surgery.

Updated: May 31, 2014, - 12:39 AM

Twins show off power in 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium

The Twins belted three home runs to beat the Yankees and climb within two games of .500 on the season.

Updated: May 31, 2014, - 12:32 AM

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