June 4, 2018

How about a walk-off win for the Twins? (Thanks, Eddie Rosario)

Where would the Twins be without Eddie Rosario?

Rosario has basically carried the Twins this season, leading the team in batting average (.317), home runs (13) and runs batted in (40). And he did it again Sunday by going all-world against the Cleveland Indians by hitting three home runs, including a walk-off blast in the ninth, to seal it for the Twins, 7-5.

The Twins took three of four games from the Tribe to win the series. They are now a game behind Ron Gardenhire’s Detroit Tigers and 3.5 games back of the Indians. If the Twins played in either the AL West or East, they would be well out of contention, but that’s not the case in the AL Central. After Sunday’s win, they improved to 25-30 with the lowly Chicago White Sox about to come to town.

Kyle Gibson pitched well, but again didn’t figure in the decision. Ryan Pressly and Addison Reed each had a blown save in the see-saw game, so it fell to Fernando Rodney who got the win and improved to 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA. He also has 12 saves. Not bad, Rodney. Keep it up.

And the bottom of the order continues to produce. Ryan LaMarre, who made the team out of spring training and is now filling in for injured center fielder Byron Buxton, had three hits Sunday, including two doubles. LaMarre is now hitting .310. If that continues, he soon might have a more consistent role with the team.

Extra innings…

-MLB.com reports that right-hander Zack Littell is expected to make his major league debut for the Twins on Tuesday. Littell came to the Twins after they sent Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees last season. That same season, Littell pitched for three minor league teams and went a combined 19-1 with a 2.12 ERA.

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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.