March 19, 2018

Welcome to the Minnesota Twins, Erick Aybar

Veteran infielder Erick Aybar and relative newcomer Ehire Adrianza likely will have expanded roles with the Twins after shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended 80 games on Sunday for using performance enhancing drugs.

Sunday’s announcement was an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise promising offseason in which Falvey & Co. have worked hard to add depth to the bullpen, starting rotation and lineup. I hope the news about Polanco isn’t too much of a distraction because the Twins appear ready to have a good season.

Meanwhile, baseball was played Sunday and the Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3. Jake Odorizzi had a scoreless outing and lowered his spring ERA to 0.87, but it was the kind of performance that likely only works well during spring training. That’s because Odorizzi walked three batters in four innings, yet gave up only two hits with no runs. He also had one strikeout.

Adrianza and Byron Buxton both tripled in the game, while Gregorio Petit hit his second home run this spring.

Extra innings…

-Falvey & Co. have worked hard to get this team ready for 2018, but there’s still the matter of who will fill in for starter Ervin Santana while he recovers from finger surgery. So far there’s not much to choose from.

Phil Hughes would seem like a good choice, but Hughes had a terrible outing Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Twins finally losing, 13-5. Hughes served up nine runs (five earned) in three-plus innings. He also had one walk, three strikeouts and surrendered two home runs. It wasn’t all his fault because the Twins were terrible on defense and committed four errors.

Tyler Duffey also might be a candidate for a spot start, but he hasn’t pitched that well either. In four games, he is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA. If not Hughes and Duffey, how about Tyler Kinley? Kinley, drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2013, has appeared in eight games and struck out nine in eight innings with a 2.25 ERA.

-I forgot to mention that Eduardo Escobar will certainly be in the mix to fill in for the suspended Polanco, along with Adrianza and possibly Aybar.

March 17, 2018

Has Kyle Gibson finally turned a corner?

A strong second half in 2017, a strong spring training this year, and falling short of his salary demands during arbitration, just might make Kyle Gibson hungry enough to put his largely .500 career behind him and win more consistently. The Twins, who drafted him in the first round of the 2009 amateur daft, have... Continue Reading »

March 14, 2018

So far, so good: Twins’ Lynn nearly perfect in spring debut

Pitcher Lance Lynn, the Twins’ $12 million man, took the mound Tuesday and didn’t disappoint. Facing the Baltimore Orioles, Lynn struck out five in three innings, with no hits and one walk. The Twins led 5-4 through  five innings before the bullpen gave up the lead and the team lost, 7-5. “I walked a guy,... Continue Reading »

March 11, 2018

Attention Cleveland: Here come the Twins

Nine months ago, the Twins, mired in a mid-season slump, traded pitcher Jaime Garcia in exchange for prospects, a move that many regarded as a sign that Falvey & Co. wanted to build for the future, rather than win now. Despite the move, the Twins finished strong down the stretch and secured their first post-season... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2018

Do the Twins need more pitching? Yes, they do

After the busy offseason the Twins had, it might come as a surprise to think that the Twins would entertain more starting pitcher now that Anibal Sanchez, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda are in the house. Pineda is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, while Odorizzi has a job. Odorizzi improved to... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2018

Anibal Sanchez follows scoreless spring debut with a dud

Newly signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez followed his Twins scoreless spring debut with a dud on Sunday, eventually walking off the mound with both the blown save and the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates rallied from three runs down to beat the Twins 9-3. All went well early in the game. Pitchers... Continue Reading »

March 4, 2018

Leave it to the Blue Jays to make life hard for the Twins

The Twins offense finally came alive Saturday and scored eight runs on eight hits, including three doubles and two home runs. That would’ve been plenty against most teams, but not when it comes to the Twins playing the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays banged out 12 hits for a 13-8 win. And that was... Continue Reading »

March 2, 2018

Don’t look now, Jorge Polanco, but you’ve got competition

A season ago, Twins infielder Jorge Polanco won the job of shortstop, beating out Eduardo Escobar, who would go on to split time with Miguel Sano at third base. Polanco is likely to hang onto that role this season, but he also might be looking over his shoulder at two players who could replace him... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2018

It’s just spring training, it’s just spring training, it’s just…

Spring training is underway, which means it’s time to once again fight the urge to declare every Twins win a sign of invincibility and every loss a sign that the team is doomed. Why? Well, spring training is meaningless, right? You can’t glean anything from a handful of games played over the next month or... Continue Reading »


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.