April 12, 2021

Colome terrible, Twins lose

A six-run lead slowly unraveled and finally fell apart for the Twins on Sunday after reliever Alex Colome served up a three-run home run, turning a 6-5 Twins lead into an 8-6 Seattle Mariners win.

Watching the game on TV, it appeared that no matter what Colome threw, Mariner hitters were going to put the ball in play. And so they did, connecting for single, single, home run, fly out and one more single before Colome’s day was done. He was tagged with the loss and blown save, his second blown save of the young season.

Twins starter Matt Shoemaker pitched well (he struck out seven) until the top of the sixth inning when he allowed four runs on two dingers, including a three-run home run that ended his day. No surprise, his frustration got the best of him and he took it out on the home plate umpire who ejected him from the game for arguing balls and strikes.

The Twins scored six runs on eight hits, all of which was produced by the top of the batting order, including Byron Buxton who continues to blast the baseball. He went 3-for-4 and hit his fifth home run of the season. Coming into Sunday’s game he was leading the majors in slugging percentage, according to MLB.com. The only problem is that the bottom of the order — Miguel Sano, Jake Cave, Ryan Jeffers and Andrelton Simmons — went a combined 0-for-15 at the plate.

J.A. Happ gets the ball Monday against the red-hot Boston Red Sox, while the Twins will face old friend, Martin Perez. I wouldn’t be surprised if Monday’s game is a slugfest.

Extra innings…

-It was a disappointing series against the M’s after it appeared the Twins were going to steamroll the club following Thursday’s 10-2 win. Instead, they lost in extra innings on Saturday and coughed up a six-run lead Sunday. The Twins are already 0-3 when they play free baseball.

-Up next, the Twins stay at home to play four games against the Red Sox, then they hit the road to play the Angels and Athletics.

-The Twins are now 5-4 in the AL Central, looking up at the Royals and Indians.

April 9, 2021

Andrelton Simmons is worth every cent the Twins are paying him

The Twins’ 10-2 blowout victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday produced a number of storylines, but the one that interested me was the play of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose contributions were both obvious and subtle yet equally important. At the plate, Simmons doubled twice and singled in five at bats. I like his attacking... Continue Reading »

April 8, 2021

Twins take series from Tigers

Starter Kenta Maeda earned his first win of the season, Jorge Polanco delivered a key hit and the Twins edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday to take two of three games from the Motor City-based club. The Twins have won four of their first six games of the season. The Twins fell behind early,... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2021

Nelson Cruz… what’s left to say?

As if we needed another reminder, Nelson Cruz, the 40-year-old designated hitter for the Twins, seems to only get better with age. How good was he on Monday? He was so good that when he failed to connect on an opposite field grand slam, he hit the next pitch for a grand slam anyway. Cruz... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless, Part 2

The Twins appear to have put March and a lack of hitting behind them after they banged out 11 hits on Sunday in an 8-2 win and series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Luis Arraez had a 3-for-3 day at the top of the order, plus Byron Buxton doubled, Mitch Garver and Miguel Sano homered,... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2021

Berrios at his best in shutout win over Brewers

Four Twins pitchers combined to one-hit the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, including starter Jose Berrios, who not only no-hit the Brewers for six innings, he also had pitched a perfect game to that point. He struck out 12 over six innings with no hits and no walks and yet Berrios was lifted after 84 pitches.... Continue Reading »

April 2, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless after Kepler, Buxton shine at plate in loss

Twins outfielder, Max Kepler, singled, doubled and tripled in Game 1 of the regular season on Thursday, reminding Twins fans everywhere (OK, me) that spring training results are pretty much meaningless. Kepler hit all of .070 during spring training, but it sure didn’t seem to matter on Thursday. Also bucking the trend was, Byron Buxton,... Continue Reading »

March 31, 2021

Twins end Grapefruit League play with a single, solitary hit

Spring training came to an end on Tuesday, the Twins scoring one run on one hit (no, it wasn’t a home run) to finish in a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starter Matt Shoemaker allowed a run over three innings and the bullpen was perfect the rest of the way. So, what does it... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2021

What do you think of J.A. Happ now, Twins fans?

Free agent pitcher and ex-Yankee, J.A. Happ, saw more spring training action on Friday, but perhaps he wishes he hadn’t after he was roughed up in a 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Twins are 1-6 in exhibition play against the Braves. Happ followed Kenta Maeda, who was his usual sterling self. Maeda scattered... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.