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 notes: Pelfrey, Colabello, Burnett, Pressly

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 14, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Righthander Mike Pelfrey clearly didn't have it on Thursday as he gave up five runs over two innings. It won't be time to panic until he starts to bunch up the bad outings, but it also could be more evidence of how hard it is come back from elbow surgery. Mechanically, Pelfrey was out of whack and could not get on top of the ball. Consequently, some of his pitches came in flat and were clobbered.

Chris Colabello was in the clubhouse after the game. He's returned to camp after playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He said he couldn't believe how intense the atmosphere got at times.

We started talking about now they were able to surprise so many people. I asked how big was it that Dew Butera knew a lot of the hitters and knew how they should be pitched. ``Huge,'' Colabello said. ``That's the thing. We had all these scouting reports on opponents. We were calling everywhere. I called some guys I played with in the Mexican League. We called everywhere. I don't think they had many reports on us.''

Colabello, again, thanked the the Twins for letting him participate. Not all clubs are behind this. The Dodgers, for instance, told Clayton Kershaw that they didn't want him to pitch. That's wrong.

The Twins bullpen situation is still up in the air. Alex Burnett had another shaky outing on Thursday and his ERA is up to 9.00. He's on the hot seat. Ryan Pressly, the Rule 5 pick, threw two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.90 and draw plenty of praise from Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

``He's throwing the ball well,'' Gardy said. ``Velocity, good angle, nice little breaking ball. He's been very impressive. We like him a lot. We like what he's doing. Holds runners, does all the little things. Pretty impressive young man.''

Tim Wood looked O.K., throwing two scoreless innings but giving up a hit and two walks.



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