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.

Twins lose to Pirates 8-4 on Wednesday

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 12, 2014 - 4:10 PM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -  The Twins on Wednesday lost 8-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training game at Hammond Stadium.
Pedro Alvarez and Travis Ishikawa each hit two-run home runs to lead the Pirates. Alvarez connected off of Kevin Correia in the third while Ishikawa hit one off the batter's eye in center off Worley in the sixth. Righthander Gerrit Cole got the win for the Pirates.
Correia gave up four runs over three innings, but said after that he's been pleased with how spring training has been going. He felt he was just off on a couple pitches and was and kept the ball down in the strike zone.
Aaron Hicks played in his first game since March third and hit the second pitch he saw over the left-center fence for his first home run of spring training. Hicks, who replaced Alex Presley in the fifth, had been out with a spore elbow.
Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run for the Twins and is batting .467 this spring.



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