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.

Cole De Vries to return Saturday

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 29, 2012 - 12:24 PM

The Twins have made it official. Righthander Cole De Vries will be called up from Class AAA Rochester to start the second game of the day-night doubleheader against the Royals on Saturday.

Thanks to a new rule, rosters can be expanded to 26 players for day-night doubleheaders, allowing the Twins to call up De Vries without having to make room for him.

De Vries was 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts with the Twins earlier this season. At Rochester, he's 3-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 12 starts. He will join the club today.

Also here today is righthander Kyle Waldrop, who was called up after Wednesday's game. Waldrop was set to make the team out of spring training but came down with elbow problems. He could be a key guy right away, with Matt Capps on the disabled list and Glen Perkins sharing closing duties with Jared Burton. The Twins need other relievers to raise their game as roles have changed.



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