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.

Polls are closing

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 9, 2010 - 7:59 AM

Here at MSP waiting for my flight to Chicago and a three-game series against the White Sox.

This is your final chance to weigh in with your Picks to Click for the 2010 season. I'll begin the, `ballot,' count this weekend and hope to have the results sometime on Tuesday.

This is not the Twins team I'm used the covering. I'm used to the sacrifice as a weapon and the grounder to second that allows the run to score being a big deal. Not with this team. This three-run homer offense is a different language to me.

So far, so good for the pitching staff. Other than Scott Baker being shaky in the opener, the starters have been pretty good. Can't wait to see how Francisco Liriano pitches tonight. He resisted closing to stay in the rotation and needs to show the club why it's the right move.

I'll check in later when I arrive at U.S. Cellular Field. 

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