La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. 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 other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Mauer to remain in Twin Cities through the weekend

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 26, 2013 - 3:32 PM


Twins catcher Joe Mauer will miss the rest of the current road trip while he spends time with his wife and newborn twin daughters.

Dustin Morse, the Twins director of baseball communications and player relations, said that the babies are doing fine. But they were born five weeks premature, they are the couple's first children and they decided it would be better if the father remained in the Twin Cities with them and join the team Tuesday when it opens a home series against Kansas City.

Mauer had to fly back to the Twin Cities from Anaheim on Tuesday when his wife, Maddie, went into labor. The Twins moved on to Seattle, with the distance involved also playing a role in the decision for him to remain in the Twin Cites.

``The Twins are supportive of this move,'' Morse said.

Starting Saturday, Mauer will be moved to the restricted list and will not be paid for the final two games of the series in Seattle. Players are allowed to be on paternity leave for three days, then have to go on the restricted list if they are away any longer.

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