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.

Countdown to Fort Myers: Spring training tix go on sale soon

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: January 3, 2011 - 1:25 PM

If you something to look forward to now that you're stuck in this icebox with the Vikings season over, the Twins are about to begin selling spring training tickets.

The release:

The Minnesota Twins announced today that single-game tickets for Spring Training 2011 go on sale at 8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. CT) on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Spring Training tickets will be available at, by calling 1-800-33-TWINS, at the Target Field box office or by visiting the Hammond Stadium box office in Fort Myers starting at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 8.
Regular box office hours at Hammond Stadium are from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (ET) on Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours at the Target Field box office are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.
Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Thursday, Feb. 17, with their first workout slated for Friday, Feb. 18. The balance of the squad is scheduled to report on Tuesday, Feb. 22, with full-squad workouts beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
The Twins' 2011 Spring Training home opener will take place at Hammond Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 27 against the Boston Red Sox with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. E.T. Additional highlights of the Twins' 16-game home Grapefruit League schedule include two additional visits by the Red Sox (March 1 and 11), a visit by the New York Yankees (March 27), visits by the AL East Champion Tampa Bay Rays (March 4 and 19) and the NL East Champion Philadelphia Phillies (March 13). The Twins’ 2011 Spring Training Schedule concludes with two exhibition games against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field (March 29 and 30).
Spring Training season and group tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-800-33-TWINS or 612-33-TWINS.
Please see the attached document for complete schedule and pricing.


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