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

Twins' Hicks goes back to basics to regain prospect form

After a rough rookie season, Aaron Hicks is aiming to keep it simple in 2014.

Updated: May 27, 2014, - 06:40 AM

Twins' Hicks gives up on switch hitting

Aaron Hicks made it clear on Monday. His switch-hitting career is over. And it was his decision.And Hicks’ name appeared...

Updated: May 26, 2014, - 11:41 PM

Twins' margin for error against King Felix exceeded in loss

Seattle's Felix Hernandez continued his recent domination of the Twins, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

Updated: May 19, 2014, - 08:53 AM

Twins reach no consensus on draft boards

The Twins are focusing on a handful of prospects to select with the fifth overall pick of the June 5 draft, a class that includes several hard-throwing pitchers.

Updated: May 18, 2014, - 10:10 PM

Dozier's home run, Deduno's pitching lift Twins over .500

The second baseman’s three-run shot, along with Samuel Deduno’s pitching, kept the team on a roll.

Updated: May 18, 2014, - 09:37 AM

Twins notes: Gardenhire wants four-man bench for trip

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would like to have one more bench player for the upcoming interleague trip to San Diego...

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 09:02 PM

Twins notes: Hughes' control keeps baffling hitters

At the moment, Phil Hughes is a strike-throwing machine with stuff that’s missing the fat part of bats.

Updated: May 16, 2014, - 12:18 AM

Big Papi becomes big pain for Twins in 9-4 Boston victory

Boston’s David Ortiz crushed two home runs for the second consecutive night at Target Field.

Updated: May 15, 2014, - 07:48 AM

Twins notes: Hicks urged to prepare better

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire spoke with Aaron Hicks on Tuesday about his .160 batting average. The basic message: Get it in gear.

Updated: May 15, 2014, - 12:42 AM

Ortiz does damage but Twins win on Parmelee's walk-off

Chris Parmelee hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame David Ortiz's big night to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 on Tuesday.

Updated: May 14, 2014, - 09:32 AM

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