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 call up Jim Hoey in time for series against the Angels

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 1, 2011 - 10:58 AM

The first of the September callups is headed for the Twins: Righthander Jim Hoey.

Hoey is 1-3, 3,83 with 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. His fastball can hit 98 miles an hour but the Twins need him to throw more strikes and perfect a second pitch, He will come to the aid of a Twins bullpen that has thrown the seventh most innings in baseball.

He's 1-2, 7.71 in 17 games with the Twins.


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