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.

Slugging prospect Sano on trip to face Yankees

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 21, 2013 - 9:15 AM

With several regulars hanging back to work out while the rest of the team heads to Tampa to play the Yankees, the Twins need extra players to face the Yankees tonight. Especially a third baseman.

Enter Miguel Sano.

Sano, of course, not only is the Twins' top prospect but one of the best prospects in all of baseball. He has special power potential but is going through an adjustment period at third base. Some wonder if he will move to the outfield or first base while the Twins want to see how much Sano improves defensively after committing 42 errors last season

The Twins, as they should, want to develop two-way players. So they want Sano to be all he can be defensively. Paul Molitor has been tabbed to work with Sano on the finer points of playing third base.

At least it will be cool to watch him take batting practice. There are Twins players who want to see the kid take b.p. - but they won't be on the trip.

This doesn't mean Sano is being considered for the major league team, so slow your roll. Sano will likely start the season at Class Fort Myers.

But, tonight, he'll be in a Twins uniform. Playing third. Batting fifth. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

You can catch it on FSN Plus as well as the YES Network.

Will check in this afternoon from Tampa with lineups and other pre-game notes.



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