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.

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Correia, Morales, Hicks, BONUS

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 10, 2014 - 10:57 PM


Here are three quick thoughts following the Twins' victory over Toronto

CAN KEVIN CORREIA REALLY TURN THINGS AROUND?: Yes. I pointed out in the dead tree edition that the runners he's stranding on base has to improve, given his history. He entered Tuesday with a 6.11 ERA and a 4.21 FIP. That means he's probably had some bad luck and that ERA should start coming down. Correia believes he and Ricky Nolasco are going to step up. ``With me and Ricky in the situation we're in right now (with) our records. Me and Ricky are going to pitch better, there no doubt about that. We're going to win more games than we did the first couple of months.''

KENDRYS: Well, he's just started his season and he's been on base four times in nine plate appearances. Gardy even said Morales doesn't look like he's been away as long as he has.

HICKS: I'm expecting a DL move with him tomorrow because of his sore shoulder. But Sam Fuld is not ready to be called up. He homered in his first at-bat tonight but was pulled after three at-bats, which is the plan for him right now. You can't call up a guy who hasn't played a full game yet.

BONUS: Trevor May got the win on Tuesday  but gave up three runs over 5.1 innings on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts. He needed 100 pitches to go 5.1 innings. That's not someone ready to be called up yet.

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