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.

Three postgame thoughts from LEN3: Roster moves, double plays, can you hit?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Roster moves Updated: May 6, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Twins lose 7-0 to Seattle. Let's get to the three thoughts:

1. If there was ever a time for a prospect in the upper levels of the farm system to get hot, now is the time: There are spaces available on the major league roster. Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire are willing to shake things up to spark this team. Scott Diamond is on his way. Brian Dozier is too. Is there another? Is there another? Where, oh where, is Joe Benson?

2. Double plays: Things could have gotten out of hand earlier on Saturday if not for three double plays turned by the Twins infield. In fact, they got Ichiro to hit into a double play for the second straight game, something I've never seen and thought was impossible. But No. 51 has slowed down.

3. Can you hit? This is ridiculous. The Twins have scored in one of their last 36 innings. Nine hits in four games. I've never seen a team go from smacking the ball around the park and grinding out at-bats to looking meek at the plate. What gives? And how should they address this?


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