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

Twins miss a chance to win a challenge, and it costs them

The Twins experienced an instant-replay teaching moment in the fifth inning Saturday when Ichiro Suzuki slid into second and was...

Updated: July 06, 2014, - 12:02 AM

Injury comes at worst time for Mauer

Joe Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a right oblique strain, another setback for the three-time batting champion who was just finding his old swing.

Updated: July 03, 2014, - 01:29 PM

Hitting goes missing again as Twins fall to Royals

The Twins returned to their new offensive normal in a shutout loss. “We’re not doing things that a good offense is supposed to do," Brian Dozier said.

Updated: July 03, 2014, - 06:26 AM

Twins hope to sign several Latin America prospects

The international signing window opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and the Twins hope to sign three or four Latin American...

Updated: July 01, 2014, - 10:26 PM

Polanco has short, notable stay in majors

The shortstop, expected to be optioned back to the minors on Monday, impressed his manager.

Updated: June 29, 2014, - 11:41 PM

Polanco skilled but needs to improve defense

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Jorge Polanco’s mother, Ynes, was trying to fly from Venezuela to Texas in time to see her...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 09:15 PM

Texas ends 8-game losing streak by holding off Twins in 9th

The Twins scored four runs in the ninth, but Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki failed to bring home the tying run from third base.

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 09:08 AM

Righthander Pino stays in majors for a while longer

Pino was scheduled to fly back to Rochester around 1 p.m. Friday but was told in the morning that he was going nowhere.

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 12:11 AM

Polanco leaps, briefly, from Class A to majors

He’s the fifth Twin to make the jump from Class A to the majors. If he plays, he’ll be the youngest Twin (20) to make his debut since Joe Mauer arrived at 20 in 2004.

Updated: June 27, 2014, - 09:13 PM

Twins' surge screeches to halt

Starters struggled and bats went cold as the Angels swept the three-game series.

Updated: June 27, 2014, - 07:29 AM

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