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

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 21, 2013 - 9:39 PM

Here are three thoughts following Oakland's win over the Twins on Saturday:

1. FROM BAD TO WORSE: The inexperienced players are making more mistakes. There's been bad play at first base the past two nights. The Twins' minus-154 run differential is second worst in baseball. The will set a club record for being shut out in a season - they are facing too many good pitchers over the final week of the season. The starting roation ERA is the worst. It's ugly. They look like roadkill. And they will be teed up against teams fighting for playoffs of postseason seeding the rest of the way.

2. PINTO: The lone real bright spot on Saturday with two hits, one a home run. He blocked some tough pitches in the dirt. And he hustled to track down the ball when it got past Colabello. ``You see him and he has no fear,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He one-handed a ball into the seats, hes fun to watch. He comes to play and does his job. He doesn't stand around watching someone else do it.''

3. DREAMING: Two pitchers I'll be happy to take off Oakland's hands if they don't have room for them next season: Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson.


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