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 place Punto on DL and call up Tolbert

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 20, 2010 - 2:09 PM

When Nick Punto appeared to dive into second base last night, many of us in the pressbox scratched our heads. We know the dude likes to dive into first base, but second base.

``The only acceptable reason for that,'' I said to Joe C. ``is that he blew out his hammy again and fell on the bag.''

Sure enough, that's what happened to Punto on the play, and now he's landed back on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

To replace him on the roster, the Twins have recalled Matt Tolbert from Class AAA Rochester. Tolbert is batting .283 in 42 games with the Red Wings. In 23 games with the Twins this season, Tolbert is batting  .217.

Joe C. will have more on this from the park.

In case you haven't read this yet, Torii Hunter talks about his role in making Target Field happen. I do believe that a good team makes it easier to get funding for a ballpark, and the Twins of the early 2000's definitely laid the foundation for their current success. Not just Hunter, but Koskie, Ortiz, Radke, Mientkiewicz and others.

I'll be on with KFAN's Dan Barreiro at 4 p.m. today at Smalley's 87 Club to talk Twins, Stop by or tune in! 





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