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.


Brian Dozier delivers with eighth-inning homer as Twins beat Rays 5-3

After the Twins came up empty with runners in scoring position, Brian Dozier connected by going the opposite way.


Twins take note of Adalberto Mejia shaking off catcher

The team would like the rookie lefthander to have more faith in the signs he's receiving.


Archer on target as Rays end Twins' winning streak at four

The Tampa Bay righthander struck out 11, using his showcase slider to devastating effect.


Twins pitching prospect Nick Burdi to have Tommy John surgery

The righthander will have his season shortened by injury for the second year in a row.


Home run power, Mejia's pitching give Twins doubleheader split with Royals

Adalberto Mejia went seven solid innings in the nightcap after the Royals got to Phil Hughes, who is going on the disabled list, in the opener.


Shoulder weakness puts Hughes on disabled list; Gibson starts tonight in Baltimore

"It's very frustrating," said Hughes, 5-3 with a 5.74 ERA this season. "I hoped a lot of this was behind me."


Berrios shines again, strikes out 11 as Twins split doubleheader with Rockies

The Twins avoided a series sweep thanks to another strong outing from Jose Berrios, who struck out a career high in a 2-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader. The Twins lost the first game 5-1.


Molitor gives the Twins a midgame pep talk during doubleheader

Paul Molitor didn't like the atmosphere in the dugout during Game 1 of the Twins' doubleheader against Colorado, and the manager used an unusual method to address it.


Will Twins draft Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay? Or none of the above?

Break down the tape. Dive deep into the numbers. Do background checks. Flip a coin. Indications are that a handful of Twins' officials have seen all the top prospects — and all have different rankings.


Santiago doesn't last long as Twins pounded in Cleveland finale

Indians rough up lefty for six runs and avert sweep.