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 outright two more players to Rochester

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 20, 2011 - 4:21 PM

The Twins on Thursday announced that lefthander Phil Dumatrait and outfielder Brian Dinkelman have been outrighted to Class AAA Rochester.

Dumatrait was 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 45 games. He spent 15 games at Rochester,where he posted a 1.15 ERA,

Dinkelman was called  up twice during the season, In 23 games, he batted .301 with no homers and 4 RBI. Of his 22 hits, 21 were singles. He batted .243 in 127 games with Rochester.

Twins now have 36 players on their 40-man roster. That number will rise once players like Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel officially become free agents.



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