La Velle E. Neal III | Star Tribune
Reporter | Minnesota Twins

La Velle E. Neal III is a baseball writer for the Star Tribune. He has over 20 years of experience covering the Minnesota Twins on and off the field. La Velle has helped out with basketball, football and college football coverage between baseball seasons.

A native of Chicago, La Velle has covered the Minnesota Twins since 1998. He also covered the Kansas City Royals for the Kansas City Star from 1995 through 1997. A graduate of the University of Illinois - Chicago, La Velle is a former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.


Sharper Berrios pitches into eighth, Twins win shrinks magic number to eight

It was the first time Jose Berrios had pitched more than seven innings since June 28, a key development for the Twins as he attempts to put a disastrous August behind him.


Return of Gonzalez plugs holes, adds versatility to Twins

The Twins not only get back a player they can use all over the field, they get one who is batting .263 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI.


Another home loss, another injury, another big series with Cleveland

Kyle Gibson's return from the injured list didn't go well in a 12-6 loss, and the Twins now have a 3 1/2-game lead over Cleveland with 16 games remaining in the regular season.


Polanco misses start after dental work, but makes late-game appearance

Jorge Polanco did not start after undergoing emergency dental surgery on Thursday. He did pinch hit in the eighth inning, and struck out as the potential tying run.


As depth takes a holiday, Twins' lead shrinks to four games with loss

With a half-dozen key players out of the lineup, the Twins went hitless with runners in scoring position and fell behind early in a 6-2 loss to Washington on a dreary night at Target Field.


Gibson feeling better, preparing to start Thursday

Thursday will be Kyle Gibson's first start since Aug. 30 in Detroit, when he gave up four runs over five innings on 10 hits.


Garver's two home runs lead Twins to 5-3 victory over Cleveland

Mitch Garver belted home runs in the first and seventh innings as the Twins rallied to beat the Indians 5-3 while returning their lead to 6 1/2 games in the AL Central.


Big mistake for Big Mike: Twins' Pineda suspended 60 games

Major League Baseball on Saturday announced that Twins pitcher Michael Pineda has received a 60-day suspension for violating the league's drug policy.


Cruz feels better, but Twins leave him out of lineup as 'coach's decision'

Nelson Cruz's plan was to take some swings with his sore wrist before Saturday's game, then take his usual spot in the starting lineup. Manager Rocco Baldelli, however, had other ideas


Backup plan fizzles: Cleveland beats Twins in 11th as Graterol struggles

The Indians scored four, two-out runs to take the victory in the opening game of a weekend series at Target Field.