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.

Twins to stick with Rochester; Beloit decision next

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System Updated: August 17, 2012 - 10:10 AM

The Twins this afternoon are expected to announce a two-year player development contract extension with Class AAA Rochester of the International League. (Hat tip to Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, who tweeted it earlier this morning).

There have been rumblings that, after two awful seasons, Rochester would look for another major league team to be affiliated with. But this year's Red Wings team has played well under first-year manager Gene Glynn and are on the fringe of the wild card race.

The Twins still have to hammer out an extension with Class A Beloit, but there are indications that the Twins are pressing for some upgrades of the facilities there.

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