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

Perkins ready to gear up for Opening Day

Spring training has restarted for Glen Perkins. The Twins All-Star closer pitched an uneventful — as in healthy — scoreless inning Thursday.

Updated: March 20, 2015, - 01:08 AM

Twins lose but Rosario continues his strong spring

Eddie Rosario’s bat is his ticket to the majors, but he’s showing that he can also contribute with his glove.

Updated: March 19, 2015, - 12:10 AM

Home-run barrage helps Twins hold off Orioles as relievers fail

The Twins clubbed four home runs in a 10-9 win over Baltimore on Tuesday in Sarasota.

Updated: March 18, 2015, - 12:50 AM

Schafer is in the running for Twins' center field job

Speedy Jordan Schafer wants another shot at playing every day in the Twins outfield.

Updated: March 17, 2015, - 06:59 AM

Danny Santana: Getting into the proper position

Danny Santana was summoned to the Twins to play shortstop last summer, but ended up in center field most of the time because the Twins were in crisis mode to fill the position.

Updated: March 15, 2015, - 09:15 AM

Vargas, Rosario go yard as Barrios pitches strong in Twins victory

First basemen Kennys Vargas and outfielder Eddie Rosario each homered and righthander Jose Berrios threw three scoreless innings.

Updated: March 14, 2015, - 12:55 AM

Twins' Pinto works to grasp catching's nuances

The Twins know Josmil Pinto can hit, but can he do the job defensively?

Updated: March 14, 2015, - 12:49 AM

Milone picks up momentum in battle for fifth-starter spot

With three scoreless innings, the lefty is in contention for the rotation.

Updated: March 12, 2015, - 08:36 AM

Day at camp: Dozier going to all fields; Ryan on Hicks

The second baseman had three singles against the Rays, all up the middle.

Updated: March 12, 2015, - 07:49 AM

Closer Perkins shuts himself down after feeling 'pull'

The closer felt something pull in his right side, and the Twins medical staff will examine him further.

Updated: March 10, 2015, - 07:10 AM

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