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

Angels' Street teaches Vargas lesson in the clutch

After the Twins gave up the lead in the top of the ninth, Kennys Vargas, struck out in a big at-bat as the Angels held on.

Updated: September 05, 2014, - 11:51 AM

May finds rhythm, gets help in Twins' victory over White Sox

And not just from the offense: The Twins on Wednesday hired a popular local DJ — named Vaski — to spin between innings. Was it intentional? May is a DJ himself.

Updated: September 05, 2014, - 07:13 AM

Pinto's promise is evident, and so are shortcomings

The Twins like Josmil’s Pinto’s offense, but are equally as aware of his deficiencies on defense.

Updated: September 05, 2014, - 06:55 AM

Twins callup A.J. Achter defies the numbers

The September callup, selected in a round that no longer exists, made his MLB debut in the ninth inning Wednesday.

Updated: September 04, 2014, - 12:46 AM

Time to work, reflect in minors helped Hicks

After shortening his swing and learning to play the corner outfield spots, he’s back again with the Twins.

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 07:13 AM

Twins, trying to escape last place, fall in extra innings to White Sox

Chicago entered Tuesday two games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central, and it looked like two evenly-matched teams Tuesday. The White Sox, though, gained the upper hand with a 6-3 victory in 10 innings.

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 06:09 AM

Hicks among eight players called up by Twins

Outfielder Aaron Hicks, catchers Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann, infielder Doug Bernier, righthanders Michael Tonkin and Lester Oliveros and lefthanders Logan Darnell and A.J. Achter will join the club Tuesday.

Updated: September 02, 2014, - 06:54 AM

Twins notes: Buxton may play in Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League rosters are expected to be announced sometime this week, and the injured Byron Buxton might be on one.

Updated: August 24, 2014, - 11:15 PM

Vargas continues to work on defense with Twins

Kennys Vargas was out early Tuesday, working with the coaching staff — and special instructor Tom Kelly — on the finer points of playing first base.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 07:43 AM

Nolasco rocky early, Twins bats go silent throughout loss

Ricky Nolasco served up four runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Twins, who haven't scored since starting Tuesday's game with a five-run first inning.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 06:43 AM

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