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: Correia, Fernandez, Thomas

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 25, 2013 - 11:04 PM


Here are three thoughts following the Twins' loss to the Marlins:

1. THINGS GO HAYWIRE FOR CORREIA: The game can be cruel sometimes. Kevin Correia looked in control of the Marlins until one out in the sixth when Miami loaded the bases and scored two runs. He gave up a single to Ed Lucas. He wanted to be careful with Giancarlo Stanton and ended up walking him. No problem there. But Correia failed to make the big pitch he needed to get out of the inning. Two singles later, Miami led 2-1. ``You are not going to cruise through every inning,'' Correia said. ``It's a matter of limiting the damage. It's frustrating giving up a lead right there.''

2. JOSE FERNANDEZ IS THE REAL DEAL: He faced the Twins twice this season and competed well both times. He hit 98 miles an hour on the radar gun in the first inning and has a nice curveball too. Fernandez, born in Santa Clara, Cuba, was caught three times while trying to defect but finally succeeded in 2008. He went to high school in Tampa and was drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 draft. A pretty good story.

3. THOMAS' ERROR: Thought Clete Thomas had a chance to throw Stanton out a home plate in the sixth inning, but rushed trying to get in throwing position, leading to an error.``Didn't look it into his glove,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``Started looking up to see where the runner was.''




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