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 update: Scott Diamond placed on waivers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 26, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Scott Diamond could have been the Opening Day starter a year ago if he wasn't recovering from offseason surgery. Now his career with the Twins could be over.

According to a league source, the Twins have placed Diamond on waivers Wednesday. If he clears, he could join a crowded rotation at Class AAA Rochester. If he clears, it would be easier for the Twins to trade him because he wouldn't need a spot on someone's 40-man roster. The Twins did that with Vance Worley on Tuesday.

There's also a chance a team will claim Diamond despite his 6-13 record and 5.43 ERA last season.

The move means that the Twins have settled on righthander Kyle Gibson as their No. 5 starter, a development first reported by the Star Tribune late last week, Righthander Samuel Deduno, also out of options, is expected to open the season in the bullpen,


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