June 21, 2021

Can the Twins make it 5 wins in a row?

The Twins tied their longest winning streak of the season at four games on Sunday after they swept the Texas Rangers on the road, including Sunday’s 4-2 win. The Twins now face the Cincinnati Reds for two games and then welcome the Cleveland Indians to Target Field for four more.

The one glaring problem for the Twins on Sunday is that they could score only four runs, despite 14 hits. A little more clutch hitting and the Twins would have blown out the Rangers. Instead, they were a dismal 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Still, they rapped out 14 hits, including a Byron Buxton home run, his 10th. Oregon State man Trevor Larnach, Jorge Polanco and Andrelton Simmons had nine of the Twins’ 14 hits.

Starter Kenta Maeda picked up the win, but he continues to be vulnerable to the home run. He allowed two more on Sunday, giving him a total of 13 over about 58 innings pitched.

J.A. Happ, who got knocked around by the Seattle Mariners in his last start, gets the ball on Monday.

Extra innings…

-The Reds are a lot like the Twins: They can hit, but they can’t pitch. However, they will face Tyler Mahle on Monday, who is 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 90 strikeouts, according to MLB.com.

-Something I forgot to mention: After their win on Friday, the Twins improved to 3-8 in extra innings.

June 20, 2021

Believe it or not, the Twins have a 3-game winning streak

The Twins are a win away from tying their longest winning streak of the season at four games. How did they get here? A Game 3 win over the Seattle Mariners and two wins so far against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. They go for the sweep on Sunday. It’s refreshing to see another team’s... Continue Reading »

June 18, 2021

I haven’t been in the mood after 10-0 loss to M’s

My enthusiasm for this blog took a hit this week after me, my father and son, made our annual trip to Seattle to see the Twins. Unfortunately, of the three-game series, we had tickets to the Tuesday night shellacking, a 10-0 loss that seemed much worse than the actual score. I’ve seen my share of... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2021

Framber Valdez. Remember him?

Houston Astros pitcher, Framber Valdez, the left-handed pitcher who tossed five scoreless innings against the Twins in last year’s postsason, was back on the mound to face them on Sunday. What’s his secret? I’m not exactly sure. He’s certainly not a power pitcher, but whatever he’s throwing, he sure knows how to keep the Twins... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2021

James Timothy Grant Jr., better known as Mudcat, is dead at 85

Mudcat Grant, who won 145 games over a 14-year major league pitching career, including 21 wins for the World Series-bound Twins in 1965, died Saturday, the Twins announced. He was 85. Grant spent the bulk of his career with the Cleveland Indians, but he had his best season in 1965, helping the Twins win 102... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2021

Momentum, if you want to call it that, quickly extinguished after Twins lose to Astros

There was a lot of talk about “momentum” after the Twins’ thrilling, come from behind win over Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees Thursday night. Losing 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Twins hit back-to-back two-run home runs to first tie the game and then won it in walk-off fashion, 7-5.... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2021

Twins lose to Yankees, surprising no one

Superman calls it kryptonite. The Minnesota Twins call it the New York Yankees. And the Yanks did what they always do when they play the Twins, they beat them, 8-4, on Tuesday before nearly 18,000 fans at Target Field. Moving on… I’m just about finished with Thom Henninger’s latest book on the Twins. It’s called... Continue Reading »

June 7, 2021

Jose Berrios, a triple play and quality relief help Twins earn series split with Royals

After Matt Shoemaker made the worst start in Twins history on Friday — ultimately resulting in a 14-5 loss — Jose Berrios got the Twins back on track Saturday with a 5-4 win, then the Twins edged the Royals again Sunday, 2-1, to split the four-game series. Sunday’s win wasn’t the most productive affair —... Continue Reading »

June 4, 2021

Yeah, whatever

Is it any wonder the Twins are losing when so many of their players are hurt? Here’s the injured list: Caleb Thielbar, Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, Byron Buxton, Rob Refsnyder, Kenta Maeda, Luis Arraez and Devin Smeltzer. And when you have that many injured players you call up rookie prospects to fill those holes, and... 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.