March 25, 2019

About those Boston Red Sox…

The Twins lost to the New York Yankees on Sunday. No surprise, I guess, but to be fair the Twins fielded a team of youngsters, including top pick Royce Lewis, who doubled off pitcher James Paxton in his first at bat. So there was that.

Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox was more discouraging because the Twins played what would appear to be their opening day lineup of Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, C.J. Cron, Marwin Gonzalez, Jonathan Schoop, Jason Castro and Byron Buxton. Let’s face it: that’s a decent lineup!

And yet… the Red Sox did the same and left with a 10-6 victory, reminding everyone that they’re the defending World Series champs.

It’s not that the Twins couldn’t score any runs. They scored six runs on 12 hits, including four extra-base hits. Now, if only the Red Sox hadn’t scored 10 runs on 18 hits.

Starter Kyle Gibson wasn’t sharp. Perhaps he was going to make a limited start anyway, but no matter because he was done after two-plus innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits, including two home runs. He was followed by D.J. Baxendale who gave up two more home runs and three runs total in an inning of work. And that was basically the game.

Extra innings…

-So are these Twins ready for the regular season? Twins hitting appears to be in regular-season form; Twins pitching appears to need some work. Outside of Michael Pineda, the other starters pitched with elevated earned run averages and some relievers didn’t fare any better. Hard-throwing Fernando Romero had a tough spring and will start the year at Triple-A Rochester.

-The Twins play their Triple-A affiliate on Monday, the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday and then they will head north for opening day and the first of a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Friday is an off day, followed by games Saturday and Sunday. My son and I will be at Sunday’s game. Looking forward to it.

-The opening day matchup is Jose Berrios vs. 20-game winner Corey Kluber.

March 17, 2019

It was nice knowing you, Jose Berrios

Baseball is all fun and games until you have to talk business. The first crack in a relationship between budding star and team emerged this week after starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, declined a contract extension from the Twins in favor of a one-year deal worth around $600,000. He obviously didn’t like their offer and now... Continue Reading »

March 13, 2019

An all-too familiar loss for Kyle Gibson and the Twins

Resurrected Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson took the mound on Monday against the Detroit Tigers and pitched like the model of consistency he has become: scoreless baseball for three innings with four strikeouts and his day was done. The problem, and it’s a relatively new one for Gibson, is that the Twins didn’t score any runs... Continue Reading »

March 10, 2019

It’s always good to see the Twins beat the Red Sox

The Twins ran all over the Boston Red Sox the other day to win 12-1 in exhibition play. The club scored 12 runs on 18 hits, getting multiple-hit performances out of several players: Jake Cave had three hits, Ronald Torreyes had three hits, 35-year-old Adam Rosales went 4-for-4 and Luke Raley drove in four runs... Continue Reading »

March 6, 2019

It’s time for the Twins to trade Miguel Sano

I, like so many other Twins fans, want to believe that Twins third baseman, Miguel Sano, can not only become a star, but a superstar, someone who will smash home runs for the Twins for years to come. But after the Twins announced Tuesday that Sano will miss the first month of the season because... Continue Reading »

March 3, 2019

There are the Twins, and then there are those Tampa Bay Rays

Twins pitching scattered eight hits over nine innings the other day, seemingly enough quality pitching to earn any team a win. Adalberto Mejia and Fernando Romero were among those Twins pitchers who pitched scoreless baseball in that game. Yet the Twins didn’t get the victory. The Tampa Bay Rays, on the other hand, sent eight... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2019

Is it too early to declare that Byron Buxton is back and better than ever?

What will it take to convince you that Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has turned a new leaf? If he hits .300? If he chases down fly balls with record speed? Or if he goes 5-for-5 with two home runs and drives in 10 runs in early exhibition play? If that last sentence meets your... Continue Reading »

February 24, 2019

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I…

Twins baseball is back, and with it a win and a loss in split-squad action on Saturday. The Twins’ B-team lost to the Baltimore Orioles, but forget about that game for a moment because the A-team knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays with little trouble, or so it appears. Even better? Twins outfielder, Byron Buxton,... Continue Reading »

February 20, 2019

Smell baseball, a poem

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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.