March 12, 2017

Something that resembles the Twins rock Red Sox

The Twins had their most convincing win of spring training on Saturday after they banged out 15 hits and scored nearly as many times to win 13-0 over one of the richest teams in baseball — the Boston Red Sox.

Perhaps more encouraging was that the Twins won big with a lineup that likely will play most of the season. In other words, the regulars got their shot on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint.

Joe Mauer singled, Miguel Sano had two hits, including a triple and Robbie Grossman had two hits as well, including a double. Jorge Polanco hit two doubles, Jason Castro hit a double, too, and Danny Santana singled. Meanwhile, the springtime surprise continues to be Byung Ho Park, who also doubled. He’s hitting .400 with eight hits and three home runs, both of which lead the team.

After Saturday’s win, the Twins improved to 8-4 in Grapefruit League play.

Extra innings…

Pitcher Trevor May, who hails from Washington state, likely will miss the 2017 season after he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow. He will get a second opinion on his injury, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is a possibility, according to MLB.com.

May, who worked out of the bullpen last season, was competing for a spot in the starting rotation. The right-hander throws hard and gets his share of strikeouts, but the power pitcher also, at times, struggles with his control. His career numbers: 13-17, 5.14 ERA, 65 walks and 214 strikeouts in 203 innings pitched.

 

 

 

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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.