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

Willingham, Mastroianni could join Twins soon

By the time the Twins play the White Sox on Friday, their roster could look a little different.

Updated: August 04, 2013, - 09:27 PM

Dozier plays hero as Twins win in panic mode

His third hit of the game drove in Clete Thomas in the bottom of the 13th and the Twins finally made good on a scoring opportunity.

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 04:13 PM

Willingham could be back in lineup by Aug. 9

The left fielder has been taking batting practice all week and getting his running in as he recovers from left knee surgery he had on June 5.

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 08:56 AM

Twins like what they see in Pinto behind the plate

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has had a chance to watch Josmil Pinto play during spring training, and thinks the catcher’s...

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 12:25 AM

Willingham, others shuffle among rehab assignments

The Twins are sprinkling rehab assignments all over their minor league system.Outfielder Josh Willingham, who had left knee surgery June...

Updated: August 02, 2013, - 02:16 PM

Defense falls apart as Twins get swept by Royals

A series of unfortunate events — errors, misplays, inattention — left the manager fuming and two players heading to the minors.

Updated: August 02, 2013, - 07:09 AM

One deadline reached, but Twins trades still could occur

Players clearing waivers can still be traded through Aug. 31, so Twins such as Justin Morneau face one more uneasy...

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 07:36 AM

Morneau: 'I'll be surprised if I get traded'

Justin Morneau doesn’t believe he will be dealt before Wednesday’s trade deadline, but he is still unsettled about his future in Minnesota.

Updated: July 30, 2013, - 09:33 AM

Mauer set to return from leave

Catcher Joe Mauer was officially reinstated Monday and is expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday when the...

Updated: July 29, 2013, - 11:42 PM

Gibson's control issues costly as Twins fall to Mariners

Kyle Gibson, who dropped to 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA, didn’t try to put any spin on his outing. He failed, and he knew it.

Updated: July 29, 2013, - 08:27 AM

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