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, defense, bullpen

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 30, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 9-8 loss to the Royals:

1. CLUNKER FOR CORREIA: Kevin Correia induces ground balls. That's what he is as a pitcher. But, aside from, from double play grounder in the first inning, Correia's other outs were fly balls or strikeouts. If you keep the ball down, you normally get ground balls. Correia gave up gorks and bloops and duck snorts on Sunday because the ball was up. He put the Twins in a hole, but it wasn't all his fault because.....

2....DEFENSE WAS AWFUL: Pedro Florimon was late with one throw. On another play, he tried a tricky barehanded pickup with Billy Butler, with La Velle class speed, running to first. All he needed was to glove the ball and he had the out. Chris Parmelee was caught by David Lough's speed on one play, overthrew a teammate on another. ``The one thing that bothers us was how sloppy of a game it was,'' Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said.

3. BULLPEN SHAKY: Both bullpens weren't good on Sunday, but the Twins were at home and failed to shut down the Royals in key moments of the game. Jared Burton fell behind 1-0 to David Lough then threw a pitch that Lough said, ``was right in my wheelhouse.'' Home run. Josh Roenicke tried to get strike one over to Eric Hosmer in the ninth and watched it get pounded into the seats. Burton had a 8.30 ERA in June. Roenicke has been scored on in three of his last four outings. A blip or a problem?




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