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 not done, call up Pinto

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 31, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The Twins have called up catcher Josmil Pinto from Class AAA Rochester.

Pinto, 24, batted .309 with 15 homers and 74 RBI between Rochester and Class AA New Britain this season. He also posted a .400 on base percentage and .482 slugging percentage.

The Twins have flown Pinto to Texas in time for tonight's game against the Rangers. He will wear No. 43 - the number worn by longtime coach Rick Stelmaszek before he was let go following last season.

Alex Presley, the outfielder the Twins are getting from Pittsburgh as part of the deal for Justin Morneau, will join the team tomorrow as a September call up.

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