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.


Bullpen blow-up: Twins swept by Rays on Gomez' walk-off homer

What the past few days have reinforced is that no Twins reliever is immune from grooving a fat pitch. Or blowing a save. Or being walked off against.


Hughes' return to mound for Twins doesn't go as he hoped

Returning to action for the first time since having surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, Hughes lasted only 3 ⅓ innings Sunday in his first start in 11 months.


Twins relievers melt down at end of 10-1 loss to Rays

The Rays broke open the game with five runs in the seventh inning.


Ex-Twin Span finds right role with hometown Rays

Denard Span, drafted 20th overall in 2002 by the Twins, was expected to be one of the veteran influences on the Rays, and leads the club with 17 RBI from the leadoff spot.


Berrios right at home before LaMarre's 16th-inning game-winner

Jose Berrios, who grew up near San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, pitched seven dominant innings and led the celebration as Ryan LaMarre's bases-loaded single gave the Twins a 2-1 victory.


Homecoming homer: Lindor's blast sparks Cleveland over Twins

Francisco Lindor crushed a hanging 3-and-2 curveball from Jake Odorizzi over the right field wall, the first of four Cleveland homers on an emotional night in San Juan.


In Puerto Rico, baseball is an outlet amid hurricane's aftermath

Puerto Rico is full of passionate baseball fans. As the island gets back on its feet following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the game has been its crutch.


Twins-Cleveland series preview

These will be the Twins' first games since Thursday when they defeated the White Sox; three weekend games were snowed out.


Mauer reaches 2,000-hit milestone in Twins shutout

Joe Mauer collected his 2,000th career hit Thursday in a 4-0 win over the White Sox, a game Jose Berrios took over with 11 strikeouts.


Twins brace for another blast of winter

Winter continues to ignore the calendar, and that will be quite evident at Target Field this weekend when the Twins are to finish a series with the White Sox but might be forced to scramble the schedule.