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.

Young activated, Tosoni to Rochester

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 13, 2011 - 12:08 PM

Delmon Young was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat yesterday during an extended spring training game. He never made another plate appearance, but played seven innings in the outfield to prove that he has recovered from a strained left oblique muscle.

Young has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, with outfielder Rene Tosoni optioned to Class AAA Rochester to make room for him.

That's about all for now. Tough to get into this, given the challenge No. 3 is facing.

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