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

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

Santana injures knee as Twins succumb to Angels

Danny Santana suffered a knee injury, while Yohan Pino struggled in a short start.

Updated: June 26, 2014, - 06:22 AM

Twins keep Hicks in Class AA New Britain to work on hitting

Sam Fuld and Danny Santana will continue to get starts in center while Hicks is trying to rebound.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 11:54 PM

Gibson shelled for seven runs in two innings as Twins lose

The Twins rallied to tie after Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in the first to end his streak of scoreless innings -- and then he gave up two more in the second.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 11:58 AM

Hard-throwing Burdi will open pro career at Cedar Rapids

The Twins' second-round draft pick will skip rookie ball.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 05:18 AM

Escobar's bat keeps him in lineup

The Twins’ Eduardo Escobar has exceeded utility-man output.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 12:40 AM

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