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.

The interesting action is on Field 3 today

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 25, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Today was photo day. That  meant the Twins had to move station to station from photos for newspapers, baseball cards and other organizations.

It was also uniform day.

And physical day

And drug testing day.  I remember a former Twins player once telling me that his rights were being violated. Now it's just another annual spring event.

So they are starting the workout about an hour later than normal. We're going to be here for awhile today. Not that I'm complaining.

Talked to Anthony Swarzak this morning. He lost 25 pounds during the offseason. He said it began when he went to Venezuela for winter ball, started eating the food and had a `bacterial moment' He lost the weight then decided to work to keep it off.

Happy accident, I guess.

``I need to go to Venezuela,''' I said to him.

``I wouldn't recommend it to everyone,'' he replied.

The interesting action will take place on Field 3. which is the field near the minor league facility. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson is on the mound, and his group includes Tsuyoshi Nishioka. That means it will be a heavily covered event.

Kyle Gibson, folks, is the real deal. I watched him throw Wednesday and he was very impressive.


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