Columnist | Minnesota Twins

La Velle E. Neal III is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune who previously covered the Twins for more than 20 years.

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.

Neal: Baldelli content to roll DH dice with Jeffers in All-Star form

Not too long ago, running a lineup with both catchers would have been unthinkable. With Jeffers leading the AL in slugging percentage, the Twins don't mind the tradeoffs.

Neal: Can the Wolves recover? Here are five things that must happen.

The Wolves haven't lost three in a row all season. If they keep that record intact Tuesday in Denver, they'll be playing for a spot in the Western Conference finals Thursday.

Neal: Hurt most by Bally-Comcast fight? Superfans like Debbie

The most-tenured of fans can't watch their Twins on TV, and that might be the best reason of all to settle this squabble. C'mon, CEOs, figure this out.

Neal: The ceiling for these Timberwolves? There isn't one.

Book your Western Conference finals plans, Wolves fans. Beyond that? There's no reason to doubt this team can win it all.

Neal: What happens after you win a national title?

The parties start, and some don't stop. The phone rings. The contracts come. Life is good right now for basketball coaches and fans in Mankato.

Neal: A legend exits the Twin Cities pro boxing scene

At age 40, after 40 bouts and one world championship, Caleb Truax is retiring from fighting and jumping into the real estate ring.

Neal: PWHL ready to build on successful inaugural season with better names, more goals

Interest in women's sports has never been higher, and PWHL Minnesota has big plans for its future.

Neal: McCarthy mania sweeps through Vikings draft party

There was jeering, booing and yelping at U.S. Bank Stadium, where thousands of fans gathered for a Vikings draft party. And then J.J. McCarthy was picked and the mood changed.

Neal: Sweep? This Wolves-Suns series may not get to Game 5

The Timberwolves have proven that being dominated like they were by Phoenix during the regular season means nothing. But don't just assume a sweep, OK?

Neal: Twins' slow start leads to many worries

Little is working so far for the Twins, who many predicted would win the AL Central again.