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.

Phil Hughes tries on Twinstripes at 4 p.m.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 5, 2013 - 2:13 PM

The Twins have officially announced the signing of righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million contract. The deal was reached late last week but the club spent recent days going over details and checking Hughes' medical records before announcing the deal.

Hughes will meet with the Twin Cities media at 4 p.m. at Target Field.

Hughes is just 27 and once was considered one of the best starting pitching prospects in the game. But after going 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 2012 with the Yankees he skidded to 4-14, 5.19 in 2013. But he was 1-10, 6.32 at home, so the belief could be that Hughes could rediscover himself - he was 18-8 in 2010 - if he's out of Yankee Stadium.

It will be up to pitching coach Rick Anderson to help Hughes find his old form.


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