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.


Sano goes deep twice, Maeda shines as Twins shut out Cleveland

Kenta Maeda on Saturday night was nearly unhittable while Miguel Sano finally broke out for his first two home runs of the season.


Donaldson's injury history gives Twins reason to be concerned

Josh Donaldson has not been placed on the injured list and the Twins describe his right calf tightness as day-to-day. But the Twins aren't sure if their prized free-agent acquisition will be back in action sooner or later.


Twins get back in swing of things, beat Cleveland 4-1

Max Kepler's leadoff homer helped get the Twins off on the right foot against Mike Clevinger.


Corner infield conundrum: Sano struggles out of the gate; Donaldson injured

Miguel Sano was on the bench Friday after starting the season 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Josh Donaldson left Friday's game in the 2nd inning.


Twins examine virus protocols after 2 Cardinals test positive

St. Louis left Minneapolis late Wednesday after a two-game series at Target Field. Cleveland is set to play the Twins tonight, using the same clubhouse the Cardinals used when they were here.


Twins bats silenced by Cleveland pitcher's record-tying domination

Shane Bieber struck out 13 batters, tying an MLB record for strikeouts in the first two starts of a season, while a poorly placed fastball by Jose Berrios was the margin of defeat for the Twins.


Odorizzi appears healthy, but Twins will ease him back into the rotation

Righthander Randy Dobnak will get another start Friday while Jake Odorizzi tests his back coming off the injured list.


Twins, other teams working through first in-season coronavirus scare

The Twins beat the White Sox in two of three games in Chicago over the weekend, with both teams finding it difficult to observe social distancing and avoiding actions such as spitting.


Twins' Cruz is American League player of the week

Nelson Cruz went 7-for-13 (.538) with three homers, two doubles, 10 RBI and a 1.956 OPS in the Twins' first three games.


Cruz drives in seven, Cave hits grand slam as Twins smash White Sox 14-2

The Twins scored 27 runs over the weekend, their most in the first three games of any season since 1996, when they scored 30.