May 23, 2019

Different day, different players produce for the Twins

The other night, the heart of the Twins’ batting order powered the club to a win. On Tuesday, the top of the order delivered the goods, collecting eight of the team’s 10 hits. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario each had two hits apiece.

The night belonged to Gonzalez, however, who doubled and homered and drove in three runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8-3. The Halos took a 3-0 lead, then the Twins rallied for eight runs from the sixth inning on.

It’s amazing how versatile this club has become. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has used several different lineups this season and rarely have any of those moves fallen flat. On Tuesday, his lineup did not include either Miguel Sano or Willians Astudillo. It also hasn’t included Nelson Cruz or Mitch Garver because both are hurt. No matter, the Twins still find a way to win.

Martin Perez, who is looking for win No. 7 on this young season, gets the ball on Thursday.

Extra innings…

-Twins/Angels baseball was supposed to be played on Wednesday, but the topsy-turvy world of current climate conditions now means that it rains all the time in Southern California, apparently. The field was declared unplayable on Wednesday, so the game was postponed to Thursday.

-Rookie Luis Arraez also had two hits on Tuesday, including his first big league home run. Since joining the Twins, the 22-year-old is hitting .583.

-Michael Pineda gave the Twins a quality start and improved to 4-3 on Tuesday. He gave up three quick runs, but later settled down to pitch six innings. Four relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way.

-I came across a great tweet this week. Longtime baseball scribe, Peter Gammons, tweeted that when he was 12 he wrote a letter to Gene Mauch, a player with the Boston Red Sox in those days. Talk about a different time: Gammons said that Mauch replied to his letter with a three-page letter of his own!

-Lest we forget, Mauch, perhaps best known for managing the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s, later managed the Twins for five seasons in the late 1970s. In 1976, his first year on the job, the Twins finished in third place at 85-77. The Twins made the AL West race interesting, however, because they went 21-8 down the stretch and finished only five games out of first place.

May 21, 2019

Back to winning as Twins beat Angels in Game 1

The Twins dropped the final game of its four-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, but the team got right back to its winning ways on Monday with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jake Odorizzi and three relievers six-hit the Halos and slugger Miguel Sano delivered the big blow,... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2019

Twins hit 6 home runs, blast Mariners for 30th win

Saturday’s Twins/Mariners game was over before it barely even started. After a scoreless first inning, the Twins scored five runs in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and a run in the eighth to blast the Seattle Mariners 18-4. How did they score... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2019

Miguel Sano is back. Now, what does that mean for the Twins?

Miguel Sano, the hard-hitting but oft-injured third baseman/DH for the Twins, finally rejoined the team Thursday in Seattle after an extended offseason to recover from, what else? An injury. And he wasted no time in getting into the swing of things by going 2-for-5, with two doubles. He contributed to a 16-hit attack and the... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2019

Twins avoid 3-game losing streak, beat Angels 4-3

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli wanted this one. Baldelli went deep on the Twins bullpen, Mitch Garver hit his ninth home run and Byron Buxton threw out Shohei Ohtani at home plate to preserve the 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. The Twins took a 4-0 lead, getting run-scoring hits from... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2019

Twins fall to earth after series split with Tigers

After a convincing sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and another shutout in Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Tigers, it appeared the Twins were well on their way to a sweep, or at the very least, a series win over Motor City. But that was not to be. After the shutout, the... Continue Reading »

May 10, 2019

Ron Gardenhire and the return of the Detroit Tigers

Manager Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers return to Target Field Friday night, and I can’t help but think that Gardy, looking up at the red-hot Twins in the AL Central, is wondering what might have been. Instead of managing the Tigers, Gardy could still be with the Twins, a team he led for 13... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2019

It’s back-to-back shutouts for the Twins

How about these Twins? Back-to-back shutouts, 10 games over .500 and pitcher Jose Berrios improved to 6-1 Tuesday after he and three relievers six-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-0 win. Berrios alone struck out five over seven innings with no walks and allowed only four hits. Meanwhile, catcher Mitch Garver was the hero... Continue Reading »

May 7, 2019

With Bronx behind ’em, Twins return to form and crush Blue Jays

What’s the best way to soothe another frustrating series against the New York Yankees? To hit the road and open up a can of whoop ass on whoever the next opponent might be. In this case, the Twins took on the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night and went to work quickly. They scored a run... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.