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.

Minor moves for Monday

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins prospects Updated: May 11, 2010 - 9:06 AM

The Twins have promoted righthanders Cole DeVries and Deolis Guerra to Class AAA Rochester. DeVries was 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA at Class AA New Britain, where he was mostly a reliever. Guerra, the last player remaining from the Johan Santana trade with the Mets, was 1-1, 3.07 in five starts.

They are escaping a New Britain team that is 6-23. But Rochester is 12-18.

DeVries pitched at Eden Prairie and the University of Minnesota.

Rochester needs pitchers after knuckleballer Charlie Zink went down with an elbow injury and righthander Yoslan Herrera quit.

Heard that this could lead to a promotion for Class A righthander Kyle Gibson to New Britain. Stay tuned.



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