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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Walters, Correia, Hicks, Mastroianni

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 23, 2013 - 4:22 PM

Three quick postgame thoughts:

1. P.J. Walters: He hasn't pitched more than three innings but will be stretched out now to give the Twins another option to consider for the rotation. It might be tough to get his arm ready for 85-90 pitches in a week, though.

2. The Twins felt Kevin Corriea threw better on Saturday. I agree to a certain point. He executed pitches better and was around the plate more. He had some long battles - which is going to happen to pitches who don't finish off hitters - and, yes the wind was blowing out. But he's got to throw more strikes. Brian Dozier and Pedro Florimon have played their tails off this spring in the field, and Aaron Hicks has run down nearly everything in center. He should be confident to throw the ball down and over the plate. The gloves behind him can back him up. When runners get on base against him his games slow down.

3. Hicks made a splendid running catch of Desmond Jennings' drive in the fifth that drew applause from Rays fans. Hicks was supposed to call for the ball that just dropped beyond Darin Mastroianni's reach in the second. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Mastroianni called for the ball, and Hicks backed off, but Gardy said Hicks should have taken charge there. As it turned out, the wind blew the ball away from Mastroianni and toward Hicks.


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