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.

Miguel Sano takes battling practice

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 26, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano recently started swinging a bat and thanks to the folks with www.miguelsanostory.com, we have some footage of him taking batting practice.

You can check it out here. 

Sano, who had surgery during spring training, will remain in Fort Myers until Dec. 1, then he'll head to the Dominican Republic to play the second half of the winter ball season. That will allow him to get some game action in before spring training camp opens in February.

The injury ruined any chance of him debuting this season. Sano was scheduled to join fellow top prospect Byron Buxton and Kennys Vargas at New Britain, but Sano's elbow injury and Buxton's wrist injury kept New Britain from having a threatening lineup.

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