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.

Twins officially add Deduno to roster

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2013 - 12:21 PM

The Twins officially added Samuel Deduno to the roster today. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, they transferred reliever Tim Wood (shoulder) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Deduno's debut has been delayed by a strained groin muscle suffered during the World Baseball Classic when he starred for the Dominican Republic. He posted a 2.70 ERA in three starts at Class AAA Rochester before the call up.

In 15 starts for the Twins last season, Deduno went 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA.

The Twins have one more move to make to clear space for righthander P.J. Walters, who announced last night that he had been promoted to the Twins. Indications last night were that Walters would start on Saturday. The Twins will have to make room on their 25-man and 40-man rosters for Walters..


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