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.

Post-workout notes: Nishioka. Bromberg, Morneau.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 26, 2011 - 2:31 PM

The Twins lineup for tomorrow's game against Boston" Span, Nishi (2B), Kubel, Thome, Valencia, Parmelee, Repko, Casilla, Butera. Pitching: Pavano.

We're not sure yet where Kubes and Repko are playing. Looking into it.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka revealed some of the phrases he's learned in camp.

````I got it.’’

    ``You got it,’’

``I love you.’’

``You love me.’’


``Shut up.’’

Watched David Bromberg throw. He's 6-foot-5 and it seems like his arms and legs are going everywhere when he throws. The key for him is to make sure the ball doesn't go everywhere, as he once threw 16 wild pitches in a minor league season (he has cut down in recent years).

He hit Danny Rams with a pitch. But he also busted Tsuyoshi Nishioka's bat with a pitch too. The Twins like the way he competes. Wouldn't be surprised if he debuts sometime this season.    

 Justin Morneau continues to hit the heck out of the ball during batting practice. He also is getting a little bit of his edge back, which I think will be a factor in when he decides to try playing in spring training games.

I got reaction from Morneau about a ESPN Chicago article in which Jesse Crain claimed Morneau was the only Twin not to congratulate him for signing a three-year deal. Morneau said he jokingly texted Crain.``The White Sox? Are you kidding me?''

But, at the end of our talk, he referred to comments from Alex Rios about Chicago being the favorite to win the division.

``They said they are the team to beat in the division, so whatever,'' Morneau said.

It's minor. But a sign from Morneau that he's thinking about the regular season at times.


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