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

La Velle E. Neal III has covered Major League Baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, 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 Dan Barreiro during the season.


Punishing workouts, preparation and more make Berrios an All-Star

Those who know Jose Berrios say he carries himself as if he knows he's good — but he backs it up with work he does behind the scenes. That intersection of talent and sweat that has his career ascending.


Chaska's Brad Hand doesn't mind missing sleep to be All-Star

The Padres lefthander is getting to appear at his second consecutive All-Star Game, and has a group of friends and family along for the trip.


Indians have comfortable lead over Twins but taking nothing for granted

Cleveland struggled a bit going into the break but still enjoys a comfortable lead in the AL Central.


Torii's Team USA wins Minnesota-themed Futures Game

Top minor-league prospect Alex Kiriloff had two hits while former Twins Torii Hunter and David Ortiz managed the USA and World teams.


Twins victory over Rays builds on good home vibe

Joe Mauer had four RBI and the Twins on Friday night jumped to an 8-1 advantage, but Tampa Bay wasn't going away quietly.


Extent of Byron Buxton's wrist injury being evaluated

X-rays of Byron Buxton's left wrist Friday were negative, but the center fielder was not considered in the clear yet after being injured Thursday…


Current question: Can Twins keep winning when competition gets better?

The Twins beat Kansas City 8-5 for their sixth victory in seven games against baseball's two worst teams, which have a combined record of 52-133 so far this season.


Twins reliever Reed headed for 10-day DL with tendinitis

Twins officials said the timing is right, with the upcoming All-Star break, for Addison Reed to get healthy.


Berrios named to All-Star Game; Rosario among 5 in vote for final spot

Jose Berrios was just starting to plan for the four days off that come during the All-Star break when he found out that he wouldn't be getting the time off.


Eight-run inning boosts Twins to sweep of awful Orioles

As much as the Twins have struggled this season, their woes are no match for Baltimore, which dropped all four games at Target Field and fell to 41 games below .500.