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

Journeyman Pino is primed to be a starter for Twins

The 30-year-old rookie responded well when the Twins called on him.

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 07:31 AM

Twins notes: Arcia back in lineup after addressing slump

After spending two days on the bench, outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was back in the Twins lineup Friday, batting seventh.

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 12:37 AM

Twins win in a walk-off after blown save against White Sox

Ricky Nolasco missed out on victory after Twins closer Glen Perkins blew a late lead. Brian Dozier saved the day with a walk-off single in the ninth inning.

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 12:33 AM

Twins end up putting Nunez on disabled list after all

The Twins wish they could have made the move earlier and had an extra player available during the Boston series. But it was a close call about whether Eduardo Nunez was available after his weekend hamstring starin.

Updated: June 20, 2014, - 07:38 AM

Pino's debut worth the wait as Twins top White Sox

Yohan Pino, a 30-year-old rookie, pitched seven strong innings in his Major League debut before Joe Mauer helped deliver a Twins victory following a lengthy rain delay.

Updated: June 20, 2014, - 05:38 AM

MLB Insider: No harm starting out draft picks as starters

The Twins will move some of their new signees from the bullpen to the rotation.

Updated: June 14, 2014, - 10:53 PM

Woe is Joe: Mauer keeps the faith despite lengthy slump

Twins star Joe Mauer seeks a turnaround from what has been a career-worst season so far. A .320 lifetime hitter, Mauer is hitting .263 to go with two home runs and 15 RBI through 58 games. "I'm just trying to stay positive," he said.

Updated: June 13, 2014, - 06:44 AM

Twins' prolific bats drive rare success against AL East

The Twins are 6-for-6 in series against AL East teams this season. They went 4-2 this year against Toronto, winning the season series for the first time since 2005.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 06:54 AM

Twins send Pinto to Rochester to get more playing time

“It’s not fair for him to sit,” manager Ron Gardenhire said after the Twins beat Toronto 7-2 on Wednesday.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 12:54 AM

Twins, Correia escape jams to shut out Toronto

The win was Kevin Correia’s first since May 20 at San Diego, and it quieted some of speculation about his future in the Twins' rotation.

Updated: June 11, 2014, - 08:10 AM

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