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.

Twins Camp, Day Two: Morning update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 18, 2014 - 9:51 AM

Pitchers already have gotten their bullpen work in and are finishing up their running in the outfield at Hammond Stadium. It's a strange sight as they have to avoid construction equipment set up on the warning track in front of the new batters eye.

Checked in with Jason Bartlett this morning. He's having a blast already as he's back in a major league clubhouse in a year and a half. He did sprain his ankle the other day but said the swelling is going down and he shouldn't be slowed up much.

Former Twin Eddie Guardado reported to camp today as a special instructor. His unofficial job title is to talk to the younger players about what it takes to be a big leaguer. Anyone who knows Eddie understands that perform this task in his own special way with his own special vocabulary.

Anyone who plans to come to town this weekend to check out the Twins should also head over to City of Palms Park, Boston's former spring training home. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have three games scheduled there this weekend against Creighton. I did a double take when I saw this on the schedule, but I confirmed it.

The pitchers are headed off the field now, so it's time to hit the clubhouse. Joe Mauer is expected to meet with the media today, so we'll find out what it's like for him to be in camp without catcher's gear. Will check back this afternoon with updates.

Also, don't forget about my live chat at noon today. If you have questions, I might have answers.

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