April 15, 2019

Twins improve to 6-1 vs. AL Central

Two of three wins over the Cleveland Indians, two wins at Kansas City and now two wins against the Detroit Tigers has contributed to a Twins record of 8-4, including 6-1 so far versus their divisional foes.

The Twins scored six runs on 14 hits in their win over the Tigers on Sunday, but it would’ve been a blowout victory had they not been 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Still, the Twins hit five doubles and two home runs.

After a cold start to the season, Eddie Rosario appears to be back in mid-season form. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and home run. Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver and Byron Buxton each had two hits.

Starter Jose Berrios improved to 2-1. He allowed two earned runs over six-plus innings with seven strikeouts, then stepped aside for the bullpen, which got in a jam late in the game.

Reliever Blake Parker loaded the bases, then Trevor Hildenberger struck out two batters with the bases loaded to preserve the 6-4 win.

Martin Perez, who the Twins used in long relief to get him prepared for starting pitching duties, gets the ball Monday.

Extra innings…

-The AL Central leaves and now the Twins will get their first taste of the AL East when the Toronto Blue Jays come to town Monday for a four-game set. The Blue Jays, never to be underestimated, find themselves dead last at 5-11 in the east. The division is off to a topsy-turvy start. Those sneaky and pitching-rich Tampa Bay Rays lead the division at 12-4, while the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles and Jays all have losing records. Go figure.

-I stand corrected: the weather on opening day was 49 degrees, but it hasn’t been that warm since. Sunday’s game was 40 degrees.

-Buxton made another incredible catch on Sunday.

-After the Blue Jays leave town, the Twins hit the road to play the Orioles and Astros, then come home to play the same teams to end the month.

COMMENTS

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.