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

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 21, 2013 - 8:28 PM


Three quick thoughts after the Twins' 5-3 over the White Sox on Sunday.

1. HAMMER REDEMPTION: Josh Willingham made a meal out of Alejandro De Aza drive in the fourth inning. The ball ticked off his glove and could have been called an error but was declared a hit. ``I froze on it then it kinda got caught in the wind and I didn't catch it,'' he said. But he came to the plate in the seventh with the bases loaded and hammered a hanging slider from Jesse Crain for a game-breaking three-run double.

2. DONNIE VEAL WAS TERRIBLE: Veal, a lefthander, appeared for the White Sox in both games of the series. He threw nine pitches. Eight were called balls. He walked both batters he faced, and one scored. They were moments when the traveling secretary should be allowed to go to the mound, remove pitchers and hand them a ticket to Charlotte.

3. TOOK THE WALK: Justin Morneau drew a bases loaded walk in the sixth that tied the game at the time. He got ahead in the count 3-1, a place where a lot of hitters would have expanded their strike zones and gone for the gusto. But Morneau resisted and took the walk. ``It wasn't what I was looking for,'' he said. ``You have to remind yourself that the pressure is on the pitcher in that situation,'' Morneau said.

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