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.

Midday update: Twins piching search, Sano update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 12, 2013 - 2:08 PM

A couple quick afternoon notes

The Twins have definitely increased their offer to Mike Pelfrey this week to two yrs and around $12 million. Will the Twins leave it at that and look elsewhere if he doesn't take it or increase the offer in order to get the righthander to sign?

The club is believed to still have interest in righthanders Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza, but the one deal I know the most about is Pelfrey's, and the sides aren't that far apart.

And here's a Miguel Sano update. The slugging prospect was shut down early in winter ball season because of a strained right ulnar collateral ligament. But he's been examined in Fort Myers, Fla., and has been given a clean bill of health. He'll return to the Dominican Republic, where he'll resume throwing, then return to Fort Myers in January to train in advance of the 2014 season.

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