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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 28, 2013 - 9:39 PM


1. MORNEAU UPDATE: it appears that Justin Morneau was removed from the game as a precaution. Morneau reported mild stiffness in his lower back during pre-game work. ``He was swinging (at Hammond Stadium) and said he was fine in the cage then came out there (to jetBlue Park) and started feeling stiff,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``I said, `This is not the weather you want to screw with with two days left in spring training. I'm not playing you.'  ``He's been healthy all spring.''  We'll check on Morneau tomorrow and see how he's feeling.

2. HENDRIKS UPDATE: Liam Hendricks' bullpen session today went well. He will pitch in a minor league game in Fort Myers on Sunday and is expected to join the Twins after that.

3. JOHAN: Twins coaches and staff fell terrible for former Twin Johan Santana, who has another tear in his shoulder capsule and might miss the rest of the season. Shoulder injuries are tougher to come back from than elbow injuries. To have two in the same area can be career-threatening.

BONUS: A-Rod is making $29 million this year. The Astros payroll is around $25 million.


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