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.

Wednesday: Mahay replay

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins prospects Updated: March 24, 2010 - 1:23 PM

The Twins have agreed to terms with lefthanader Ron Mahay to a minor league contract but will have him report to major league camp as they prepare for life without closer Joe Nathan.

Mahay, 38, gave up two runs over nine innings with the Twins late last season after being designated for assignment by Kansas City.

Mahay, of course, is not an option to close. But shifting of roles elsewhere in the bullpen will test their depth. The Twins kept in touch with Mahay throughout the offseason (there was talk during TwinsFest that they would sign him) and now are giving him another shot.

The Twins have expressed interest in Toronto righthander Jason Frasor and lefthander Scott Downs. And Toronto, who would like to add speed and athleticism to their system, have been checking out the Twins this spring.

Another bullpen factor could be Anthony Slama. He's pitched with poise. Hitters are having trouble picking the ball up off of him. And the Twins have noticed.



1. Emilio Bonifacio, LF
2. Cameron Maybin, CF
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jorge Cantu, 3B
5. John Baker, DH
6. Dan Uggla, 2B
7. Ronny Paulino, C
8. Brett Carroll, RF
9. Logan Morrison, 1B

RHP Anibal Sanchez

Florida brought over a decent lineup. AL scout is telling me in the pressbox that Logan Morrrison is worth tracking as he moves through the minors.


1. Jacque Jones, RF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Jason Kubel, LF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, CF
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Wilson Ramos, C
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B

RHP Kevin Sloweu, with Jose Mijares, Clay Condrey, Anthony Slama, Jon Rauch and Mike Maroth available.




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