July 20, 2017

How ’bout those Twins!

Pitcher Jose Berrios stepped up like a boss and the Twins scored six runs in the second inning to knock off the New York Yankees, 6-1, on Wednesday. It was the Twins’ first series win over the Yankees in Minnesota since 2008, according to MLB.com.

I predicted the Twins would go 0-6 (have a little faith, right?) versus the Houston Astros and Yankees; instead, they went 3-3 and remain in good shape in the American League Central, now a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians. Up next the Twins face the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and end the month against the Oakland A’s. Other teams in the central needed to stumble out of the second-half gates and they have: The Tribe is 4-6 in the past 10 games and the Royals are 3-7.

Berrios was terrific on Wednesday. He limited the Bronx Bombers to one run over six-plus innings with five strikeouts, and improved to 9-3 with a very respectable 3.50 ERA.

Ervin Santana gets the ball on Friday.

Extra innings..

-The home runs keep coming for slugger Miguel Sano. He hit No. 23 on Wednesday.

-Is Bartolo Colon going to retire? ESPN reports that he is considering it, but Twins manager Paul Molitor downplayed the report, according to MLB.com.

“I don’t know the context of those conversations, but to think about retiring when you’re 44 years old and in baseball, it’s a pretty normal thing,” Molitor told MLB.com. “We had a little conversation this morning. He’s fine physically. He’s scheduled to pitch on Monday, so he’ll prepare for that.”

If Colon wins Monday, he would tie Hall of Famer Whitey Ford with 236 career wins. Colon has said that he wants to pitch long enough to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal’s 243 career victories. Marichal holds the record for most wins by a Dominican-born player.

-The Yankees and Chicago White Sox pulled off a seven player trade prior to the Twins game.

July 19, 2017

We didn’t really expect Bartolo Colon to win, did we?

The not-so-ageless Bartolo Colon was effective early in Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, but ultimately fell to 2-9 after he surrendered four runs in four innings. The Twins eventually lost 6-3 to even the series at 1-1 after the Twins beat the Yanks 4-2 on Monday. So where does Colon go from here?... Continue Reading »

July 17, 2017

How did I not hear this before? Bartolo Colon signs with Twins

Fourty-four year old Bartolo Colon, who apparently was signed to a minor league deal by the Twins on July 7, is set to face the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The Twins need pitching help, but Colon? If it was a slightly younger Colon, I’d be more supportive of this deal. I know his career... Continue Reading »

July 15, 2017

This isn’t going to be easy — as expected

The Houston Astros made quick work of the Twins on Friday after they scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 10-5 victory. In four games this season, the Astros have now scored 50 runs against Twins pitching. How dominant are the Astros? They had 60 wins at the... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2017

Get your beauty rest, Minnesota Twins. You’re going to need it

The Twins on Sunday finished their 7-game home stand at 4-3. That’s not terrible, but it’s far from the cushion they need to withstand the start of the second half of the season. That’s when they will face the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers. They are a combined 204-147... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2017

Twins take series, but can’t complete sweep of Angels

The Twins fell short of completing the 3-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after they lost 2-1 at home Wednesday night. The loss dropped them to third place in the American League Central. The Twins are now a game behind the Kansas City Royals, while the Royals are a half-game behind the... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2017

Now, the Twins will have to win at home

The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals put a dent in the Twins’ road prowess, winning six of eight games. The Twins are now a game above .500 and tied for second place with the Royals in the American League Central, three games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Twins have played well on the... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2017

So I bought some baseball cards for the first time in a long time…

And the three decks I purchased, which I found at a thrift store, included a few memorable and not so memorable Twins: I was surprised to see Willie Banks (Scott Stahoviak and Mike Trombley, too) and it brought back memories of when the Twins thought the world of Banks. He was drafted 3rd overall by... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2017

Better luck against the Royals, Twins

Perhaps the Twins can get back on track versus the Kansas City Royals, because they were no match for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox appeared to take three of four games with ease, using left-handed pitching to limit hits and strike out a lot of batters. That was expected against Chris Sale and... 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.