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.


Support group helps Berrios settle in, beat Yankees for series win

Pitching coach Neil Allen delivered a forceful lecture to Jose Berrios on the mound in the top of the second inning. Then the Twins offense broke open the game with six runs that also helped him settle in.


The end? Next start may decide whether 44-year-old Colon retires

The 44-year-old pitcher had another rough outing on Tuesday, and is considering retirement, according to an ESPN report.


Twins' Polanco having a 'tough time' in the field, at the plate

He's not taking quality at-bats, and it looks like he's trying to lift everything. He's struck out 17 times in his past 18 games after striking out 26 times over his previous 54.


Astros take advantage of wobbly Twins defense to win

Four of Houston's five runs in Sunday's victory over the Twins scored because Minnesota's defense came up short in an variety of ways.


Twins finally get the breaks, defeat Astros 4-2

The Twins' victory, thanks to a quirky double by Eddie Rosario, snapped a seven-game losing streak to Houston going back to last season.


Bartolo Colon will pitch for Twins on Tuesday vs. Yankees

– Next up: Bartolo Colon.The Twins announced on Saturday that Colon will make his Twins debut Tuesday when they play host to


Astros hitters pick up where they left off, dominating Twins

Houston's eight-run second inning on Friday at Minute Maid Park had the Twins reliving bad memories of May routs by the Astros at Target Field.


Day for Colon's Twins debut uncertain

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he hopes to know where Bartolo Colon's next outing will take place in the next couple of days.


Despite flaws, Twins think better baseball's ahead in second half

As they return from the break, the Twins are 2½ games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. They'll start off with tough tests at Houston and against the Yankees.


Sano has a simple goal at Home Run Derby: win

Sano said he received advice from Brian Dozier, who participated in the derby in 2014 at Target Field, to take his time and not waste energy.