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.


Twins in driver's seat for wild-card berth entering season's final week

Twins can lock up wild-card position as early as tonight.


With Sano out, Escobar surprised by his burst of power

The Twins infielder belted a three-run homer during the Twins' five-run sixth inning that helped them put the Tigers away 10-4 on Sunday.


Eight-run eighth inning lifts playoff-minded Twins to victory over Detroit

The Twins on Saturday couldn't do much vs. Tigers starter Matt Boyd, but feasted on the bullpen to win their third straight in Detroit and inch closer to a wild-card berth.


Twins shift international focus more to Latin America

The Twins have casted their net worldwide to find players from Australia to South Africa. But that looks to be changing.


Gibson pitches Twins to victory over Detroit to pad wild-card lead

Behind seven effective innings from Kyle Gibson, the Twins beat Detroit and built their wild-card lead to 3½ games.


Molitor: Mauer will start every day the rest of the way for Twins

Twins manager Paul Molitor has preserved 34-year-old Joe Mauer to the point where he can be in the lineup every day as the Twins attempt to secure a playoff berth.


Twins open Wild Card lead to 2½ games as bats come alive in Detroit

Clutch hits by the Twins were everywhere on Thursday in a 12-1 romp over Detroit. The Angels and Rangers are both 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota, which has nine games to play.


Twins batters drawing more walks than usual

The Twins walked 10 times Thursday — a nine-inning season high — to push their total for the season to 570. They are on pace to be the third Twins team to draw more than 600 walks in a season.


Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

It's the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization.


Twins overcome 5-0 deficit with power surge; Yankees up next

Eddie Rosario hit two home runs and Joe Mauer clubbed a grand slam Sunday for the Twins, who head to New York after rallying for a 13-7 victory over Toronto.