May 19, 2022

Lewis isn’t going to replace Carlos Correa just yet

Twins Territory wasn’t very happy overnight after we learned Royce Lewis had been sent to Triple-A St. Paul to make room for Carlos Correa and his return to the lineup after spending 10 days on the injured list.

Correa certainly didn’t waste any time showing us that he is still the Big Man On Campus after he singled, doubled, scored two runs, drove in a run and walked to help the Twins coast to a 14-4 win over the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.

The Twins scored 14 runs on 14 hits and were a very refreshing 10-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Luis Arraez also had a big day with three hits, including two doubles, and Gary Sanchez drove in three runs.

Starter Sonny Gray made a quality start and improved to 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA.

Devin Smeltzer gets the ball Friday in Kansas City.

Extra innings…

-We’re probably going to be seeing more of Smeltzer now that Chris Paddack has been lost to Tommy John surgery.

-The Twins have a 3.5 game lead in the AL Central, but they might really bust it open because they play the two weakest teams in the division over the next several days. Beginning Friday, they play three at Kansas City, then come home to play the Tigers and Royals again, then they hit the road to play the Tigers again.

-Discovered an error on the “today in baseball history” portion of the Baseball-Reference.com website. It says that on May 18, 1962, the Twins walloped the Cleveland Indians 14-3 after Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison each hit a grand slam in the first inning. That did happen, except it took place on July 18, 1962. Two grand slams contributed to an 11-run first inning.

Cleveland pitcher Barry Latman could not get an out in the first inning before his day was done, and then Jim Perry, who would join the Twins the following season, gave the Tribe seven innings of relief, but still allowed eight runs.

I wanted to see how the Minneapolis Tribune covered the game, but for some reason the May, June and July editions of the paper for 1962 are not available on newspapers.com.

May 18, 2022

A’s snap losing streak to Twins, win 5-2

The Twins fell to 4-1 on the season against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday after the Athletics pulled away in the seventh inning for a 5-2 win. Dylan Bundy was back on the mound after he was sidelined by COVID-19, although he was pulled after only three innings and 54 pitches in favor of Josh... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2022

A little ‘small ball,’ a little power helps Twins take series from Guardians

The Twins put the game in motion early and added a couple of solo home runs after that to beat the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday and win the series. The “small ball” looked like this: A Luis Arraez walk, a steal of second base and then Max Kepler singled him home to take a 1-0... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2022

12 runs one game, 2 runs the next for these Twins

After a nine-run fifth inning, including a grand slam, propelled the Twins to 12-8 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday, the Twins reverted to recent form and struggled to score at all, finally falling to the Guardians in the 10th inning by a score of 3-2 on Saturday. The lack of scoring was somewhat... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2022

Houston makes it look too easy in sweep of Twins

The Houston Astros swept a three-game series from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and if somebody told me that not a single Astros player broke out in a sweat during that series, or that manager Dusty Baker napped for 72 carefree hours, I’d believe them because they appeared to win with ease, like it was... Continue Reading »

May 11, 2022

What is it about the Houston Astros?

Ever since Houston pitcher Framber Valdez pitched five innings of scoreless relief to beat the Twins in Game 1 of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series, the Twins seem to wilt in the presence of the Astros. And the wilting continued Tuesday night after Justin Verlander and a reliever three-hit the Twins to win... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2022

Twins sweep A’s, improve to 7-3 in 1-run games

The Twins keep winning by the smallest of margins and they did it again Sunday to sweep the Oakland A’s 4-3. The club rallied from an early deficit with a three-run third inning, then the bullpen, which has been terrific, allowed only two hits the rest of the way. Reliever Caleb Thielbar struck out the... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2022

Twins’ Polanco, pitching the difference in 1-0 win over A’s

Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco hit a solo home run and four pitchers made it stand for a 1-0 win over the Oakland A’s on Saturday. Starter Sonny Gray, fresh off the injured list, struck out seven over four innings and the bullpen was just as strong, including fireballer Jhoan Duran, who struck out five... Continue Reading »

May 7, 2022

Twins get back to winning, edge A’s 2-1

A lot has happened to the Minnesota Twins in the past 48 hours. Manager Rocco Baldelli, infielder Luis Arraez and pitcher Dylan Bundy have been sidelined by COVID-19, the $100 million man Carlos Correa is day-to-day with finger soreness after he was hit by a pitch, and in his place the team called up shortstop... 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.