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: Hughes, Fire, Suzuki

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 9, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Three thoughts after the Twins' win over Detroit

HUGHES' HONESTY: Phil Hughes felt his stuff was , ``deteriorating" in the seventh inning and pulled himself from the game. That was a shocker but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire appreciated the honestly. One thing though: What would the reaction had been if Hughes pulled himself from game as a Yankee?

FIRE ALARM: There was a fire in a janitorial closet that forced the alarm system to come on in the ninth innings. When that happens, the PA system and music gets shut down. It was wonderful, listening to the sounds of baseball and just the fans' reaction to plays. A couple times, the scoreboard flashed messages for fans to cheer, but a couple times they cheered without  being prodded. That's my one complaint about baseball games. The fans shouldn't be told when and how to cheer all the time.

SUZUKI: He was called, Kurt Clutch when he played at Cal State-Fullerton. And he's been clutch for the Twins, going 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position and two outs. It's amazing where some of the Twins' offense is coming from.



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