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: Offense, Torii and more Torii

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 16, 2013 - 7:03 PM


Three quick thoughts following the Twins' loss to the Tigers:

1. NO OFFENSE: The Twins are averaging 2.6 runs over their last 12 games. Their clutch hitting hasn't been reliable. Is the offense ever going to heat up, or is that what it is. Trevor Plouffe, Chris Parmelee and Brian Dozier must step up and support the veteran hitters ahead of them in the batting order. The pitching hasn't been too shabby of late - not including Sunday. It's on the offense.

2. CONGRATS TO TORII ON A TOUGH DAY: Torii Hunter socked his 300th career homer in the city where his career began, but he did so with a heavy heart.  A few days ago, a good friend of his, Corey Grice, died of a heart attack while with his children. Hunter dedicated the home run to him. ``His kids couldn't have their father for Father's Day,'' Hunter said.

3. WHAT AN AT-BAT: Hunter, after hitting the home run, came back and put Josh Roenicke through a 12-pitch at bat before coming through with a RBI ground rule double in the eighth inning. Hunter fouled off eight pitches in the at-bat. ``I kept thinking that the Twins never give up, that's their motto,'' he said. ``Had to get that insurance run.''


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