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

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

Twins looking for Trevor May to calm down in Monday start

The Twins hope they have seen the worst of Trevor May as he prepares to make his second career start,...

Updated: August 18, 2014, - 11:52 AM

Kansas City pounds Milone, Twins from start to finish

Battling both elements and Kansas City hitters, Tommy Milone's Target Field debut was rough, including a seven-run second inning.

Updated: August 18, 2014, - 08:39 AM

Twins notes: Players express interest in Japan tour

Major League Baseball is headed back to Japan, and three Twins players would like to be part of the tour.

Updated: August 17, 2014, - 12:25 AM

Hughes strong, Suzuki homers as Twins top KC

Kurt Suzuki stepped up to save Phil Hughes’ strong start after a costly error.

Updated: August 17, 2014, - 12:21 AM

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