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.

Tuesday from the 239

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Rookies Updated: February 23, 2010 - 8:40 AM

Several players reported to camp on Tuesday, including someone old (Jacque Jones) and someone new (Jim Thome).

Jose Mijares also reported after missing the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. He had a big smile on his face as he hugged teammates and set up his clubhouse stall. He remained in good spirits even after visiting manager Ron Gardenhire, who was disappointed yesterday that Mijares didn't show up on time.

It's the belief of the media corps - and a couple of the uniformed folk - that Mijares looked about the same size as he was at the end of last season.

Thome, Jones, Jason Kubel, Chris Parmelee and Danny Valencia reported to camp this morning. I think only six or seven players haven't reported yet.  Jones has Torii Hunter's old spot in the clubhouse.

Justin Morneau and Alexi Casilla are among the big names not in camp yet. Among the rookies, I'm waiting to see Ben Revere and Estarlin (Starling) De Los Santos get on the field the most. Revere is a top prospect and De Los Santos is supposed to be pretty good.


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