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.

De Vries leaves start early; Burnett claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 29, 2013 - 2:51 PM

Rigthander Cole De Vries left Friday's game after three innings because of mild right forearm tightness.

De Vries left after throwing three no-hit innings at the Red Sox. He left the ballpark before media could get to him.

We'll have more on this after the game. De Vries has pitched well this spring and earned his spot in the rotation.


Wow. The Twins really were unhappy with Alex Burnett.

The club, presumably in an attempt to make room on their 40-man roster for Wilkin Ramirez, placed Burnett on outright waivers. But the Blue Jays have claimed the 25-year old righthander.

Burnett struggled this spring, posting a 7.56 ERA. He worked on mechanical adjustments and, during one recent outing, pitched with a blister on his foot. I know Twins officials were unhappy with his spring, saying he had taken a step back. The Twins cut Burnett from camp earlier this week.

He was 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA last season - and that ERA was 2.85 on Sept. 1. He's young with a decent arm. He seemed to be worth hanging on to.

But he ends up with a team that has a better chance of making the postseason than the Twins, so it's a nice landing spot for him.


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