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

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 20, 2012 - 12:42 PM

Folks, you'll get bonus baseball down here on March 1 when the Twins play host to the Red Sox at 1 p.m. for a B game. Both clubs have over 30 pitchers in camp, so the game will help them evaluate pitchers. So if you're in town...

B games usually are free admission with no frills (concessions, radio, etc.). We'll let you know if that changes. The Twins will play a B game at Pittsburgh on March 10.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was one of several players to report today. He hit in the cages behind Hammond Stadium but left before we could get to him. This is a big change from last year, when he worked out by himself on the back fields until the first full squad workout.

With Nishi around, the unofficial La Velle count is 57 players in camp.

Nishi looks like he really worked on strengthening his legs during the offseason. He knows he needs a big spring.

Francisco Liriano said today his goal is to pitch deeper into games. And it sounds like he's going to work on his sinker again this spring.

Talked with Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle today. Nice guy. He has degrees in Math and Secondary Education from Boston College and was a substitute teacher this offseason. For more on Doyle, check out tomorrow's StarTribune.






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