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.

Baker update coming at 4 p.m. today

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 11, 2012 - 3:21 PM

The Twins have called a 4 p.m. press conference during which GM Terry Ryan and righthander Scott Baker will meet with the media.

Not sure what it means, but it's usually not good when when a presser is called.

Baker has had elbow problems in each of the last two seasons. He reported to camp claiming to be fully healthy but had to shut down during spring training when he said his elbow felt tender. Last Thursday, Baker tried to throw in a minor league game but left after 11 pitches when he could not get the elbow loose.

Stay tuned.


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