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.

Quick postgame update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 30, 2012 - 4:39 PM

An MRI exam on Alexi Casilla's knee revealed an inflamed bursa but no structural damage. He's day-to-day.

Liam Hendriks was excellent on Friday against Toronto - one hit over five innings - and it looks like he's going to start the third game in Baltimore.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson pretty much said that Nick Blackburn is going to start the home opener on April 9 against the Angels. Blackburn has a 2.12 ERA this spring.

Scott Baker will pitch in a minor league game at Boston at 10 a.m. Saturday as he works his way back from elbow problems. Indications are that he will remain behind to build his arm strength up when the rest of the team breaks camp,

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