May 21, 2018

Finally, a win over the Brewers

The Twins denied the Milwaukee Brewers a sweep on Sunday after starter Jake Odorizzi and four relievers struck out 17 Milwaukee hitters. Max Kepler and Logan Morrison delivered key hits and the Twins won 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.

This time Twins’ pitching did not falter. Odorizzi struck out 10 over five-plus innings, followed by scoreless appearances by Taylor Rogers, Ryan Pressly, Addison Reed and Fernando Rodney, who struck out the side in the ninth to record his ninth save.

Although Odorizzi pitched well, he gave up a solo shot in the sixth inning and exited with the game tied at 1-1. Reliever Reed eventually picked up the win and improved to 1-3.

Kepler hit an RBI single, but it was Morrison who had the 2 RBI hit in the eighth inning to seal it for the Twins. Morrison, finally, is hitting better than Mendoza at .211. It has taken a while to get to this point. Let’s hope it continues.

Up next, a three-game home series with the Detroit Tigers, which begins Monday. Jose Berrios gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Joe Mauer is the latest Twin to wind up on the disabled list. He has a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms, according to MLB.com, and there’s already talk that this might be it for ol’ Joe. He’s in the final year of a massive deal that has paid him $23 million per season since 2011, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

-Although Byron Buxton still hasn’t found his hitting stroke, he’s still an electrifying player in the field and on the base paths. Buxton stole his 29th consecutive base on Sunday.

-Jake Cave, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester to fill the vacancy left by Mauer, hit his first major league home run on Saturday.

May 20, 2018

Before the Twins knew futility against the Yankees, they knew success

Strib columnist Patrick Reusse recently wrote about Frank Quilici, a former player, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, who died earlier this month. I learned a lot about Quilici, but I also learned this: When the Washington Senators became the Twins in 1961, the first game in the first year of the franchise was played... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2018

Nick Coleman, the reporter who captured Calvin Griffith at his worst, is dead at 67

Nick Coleman, a former reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, died this week, and the only reason I know that is because I was catching up on my Twins news when I came across his obituary in both papers. And then I learned that it was Coleman who had attended a... Continue Reading »

May 17, 2018

Make room for Lance Lynn — in the bullpen

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn fell to 1-4, his ERA stands at 7.47 and the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday. And if Lynn continues to pitch like this, he’ll be sitting next to former starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the bullpen. Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 82 pitches in... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2018

Jose Berrios gets back on track in win over Cardinals

Jose Berrios, we missed you. Berrios, who had struggled of late after starting the season strong, looked like his old self Tuesday after he struck out 10 over seven-plus innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. The Twins are 3-0 this season versus the Cards and will go for win number four Wednesday. Berrios... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2018

Thinking of you, Ron Gardenhire

Forget that the Twins were shutout on four hits Monday night and consider this: The Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians and are now 18-22 this season. I know you’re thinking: So what? Well, the Tigers were picked by many to finish dead last in the American League Central with 90 or more losses in... Continue Reading »

May 14, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for the 6th time this season

The Twins survived Shohei Ohtani, tied the game in the 7th inning and then watched it all slip away in the bottom of the ninth after the Angels’ Zack Cosart hit a walk-off RBI single to beat the Twins, 2-1. The Twins had a chance to take the series from the Halos, but wound up... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2018

Twins aim for series win Sunday

The Twins scored early, and then tacked on two runs late, to top the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in 12 innings on Saturday. The Twins have won seven of their last eight games and will now shoot for 8-of-9 Sunday and the series win over the Halos. Frankly, the Twins were lucky to... Continue Reading »

May 12, 2018

9th inning rally leads Twins past Angels

Here’s a welcome change of pace: It wasn’t the Twins who lost late in the game, it was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who coughed up three runs in the ninth inning to lose to the Twins, 5-4. And once again, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario was right in the thick of things after he... 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.