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 postgame: It's a juggernaut

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau sure are serious about getting ready for the World Baseball Classic.

Mauer was 2-for-2 as he raised his average to .375. Morneau was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and is now batting .467. Both leave for the WBC on Sunday.

But they aren't the only ones hitting.

Darin Mastroianni was 2-for-3 with a double to left and a double to right as he raised his average to .264. He did tweak his left hamstring but is confident that he will not miss any extended period of time, Josh Willingham was 2-for-2 and is now batting - - - - - .727. That's 8-for-11.

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All the centerfield candidates have played well so far in camp. Aaron Hicks had a couple hits in the morning game and really looks confident at the plate.

``Good,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He's patient, getting his pitches and putting some really nice swings on them.''

Righthander Alex Meyer showed his skills today. He gave up one hit over two innings but really dominated a Red Sox team of minor leaguers.Didn't have a gun reading on him but he was firing the ball in there pretty good, He had looked a little too excited in some of his previous outings. ``That was the best performance we have see from him down here,'' Gardenhire said.

Just one game tomorrow, as the Twins travel to Jupiter to see what Mike Redmond's Fighting Marlins have to offer.




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