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.

Quick evening update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 6, 2011 - 6:43 PM

Reliever Matt Capps has passed his physical, so his one-year. $4.75 million deal should be announced soon.

Michael Cuddyer's wife, Claudia, gave birth to twin daughters this morning.  Congrats. Cuddyer now can focus more on where he's playing next season. The Twins, and their three-year, $24 million offer are waiting.

Will add more later, including some stuff on the Slowey trade. Gotta write for the print edition now.

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