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

Morneau had to be talked into Home Run Derby

Justin Morneau wasn’t going to do it. He was going to stay home and not participate in the Home Run Derby.

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 05:48 AM

Twins stung by the long ball in loss at Colorado

Kris Johnson struggled in his return to the majors, and the Rockies hit three home runs to end the Twins’ winning streak at three.

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 05:46 AM

Twins take the series in Seattle with 4-2 win

Looking to get the season back on track, the Twins left Seattle with three victories in a row.

Updated: July 11, 2014, - 06:44 AM

Twins excited Morneau will get his chance to return for Home Run Derby

“That’s a good thing for the event, Minnesota, the city,” Trevor Plouffe said.

Updated: July 11, 2014, - 12:52 AM

Morales, Twins wield big bats in easy win at Seattle

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales drove in three runs against his former team as the Twins rolled in Seattle.

Updated: July 10, 2014, - 05:25 AM

Twins will call up lefty Johnson to start Friday

Kris Johnson will be called up in time to start on Friday against Colorado, replacing injured righthander Ricky Nolasco.

Updated: July 10, 2014, - 12:31 AM

Muscle strain lands Twins' Nolasco on DL

The Twins on Tuesday placed righthander Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain of the flexor pronator muscle in his right elbow

Updated: July 09, 2014, - 08:13 AM

Hughes sharp as Twins shut out Seattle

Phil Hughes pitched 7 ⅓ shutout innings, giving up eight hits, striking out eight and walking none in the Twins victory.

Updated: July 09, 2014, - 05:26 AM

Gardenhire wrestles with decision in 2-0 loss to Mariners

The Twins manager chose not to pinch run for Kendrys Morales in the seventh inning of a one-run game. Afterward, he wondered if he made the right call.

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 12:06 PM

Nolasco has sore elbow, returns to Twin Cities for exam

The righthander's velocity was down and his pitches were substandard in a two-inning outing against the Yankees on Sunday.

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 05:14 AM

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