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.


There's no immediate pressure on Sano in his return to Twins

Called up from his rehab assignment at Class AAA Rochester on Wednesday, Miguel Sano might want to be 'Superman.' But the Twins don't need him to be a hero.


Twins survive Angels ninth-inning comeback try; ineffective Hildenberger demoted

Los Angeles railed for three runs in the ninth, when the Angels batted around and had the bases loaded before Shohei Ohtani grounded into a force play to end the game.


Losing Garver's bat will leave hole in Twins lineup

The catcher, having a great start, will be out because of a high ankle sprain suffered Tuesday night.


Twins hold off Angels; Garver hurt preventing game-tying run

The Twins took a four-run lead through four innings, then hung on — including play at the plate that injured catcher Mitch Garver in the eighth inning — to nip the Angels.


Berrios struggles early, often as Twins get edged by Angels

A struggling Jose Berrios, coupled with a sputtering offense in the late innings, led to a 5-4 loss to the Angels at Target Field.


Twins newcomer Gonzalez ready to plug any position

There's no question Marwin Gonzalez can handle any defensive assignment Twins manager Rocco Baldelli asks of him.


Twins' Cruz hurting, but MRI on wrist shows no serious damage

Cruz said he could try to swing a bat as soon as Tuesday but will be smart about testing the injury.


For starters, Twins pitching has been 'phenomenal' for nearly a month

Since Martin Perez joined the Twins starting rotation on April 15, the unit has a 3.08 ERA and is one of a few reasons why the team enters Friday's weekend home series with the best record in baseball.


Gibson dazzles on the mound, marvels at teammates as Twins sweep

The Twins on Wednesday hit four more home runs, and Kyle Gibson turned in an 11-strikeout gem for the team's 23rd win. Minnesota has the best record in baseball.


Bruised by bat, Garver bruises Jays with long homer in another Twins shutout

Mitch Garver was struck by part of a shattered bat in the first inning, then smashed a second-deck home run to lead the Twins to a 3-0 victory. Jose Berrios pitched seven innings of the shutout.