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June 18, 2019

Jose Berrios steps up, the Twins step back

Twins starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, delivered a big-time performance on Monday against a big-time team, the Boston Red Sox. After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Berrios pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Now, if only the Twins had provided a little offense. Instead,... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2019

About the Twins bullpen…

When the Twins are knocking the ball around the field or driving it into the seats, they are, as their record shows, one of the best teams in baseball. But when the games are close and the club needs to rely on its relievers to keep them in the game, it’s clear that they have... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2019

It’s the bullpen, stupid

Starter Kyle Gibson fell to 6-3 on Saturday after Gardy’s guys, the Detroit Tigers, knocked off the Twins 9-3. Although Gibson was credited with the loss, it was reliever Matt Magill’s performance that once again has me concerned about the Twins bullpen. What’s there to be concerned about? I hear you ask. After all the... Continue Reading »

June 6, 2019

Potential signs of trouble as Twins lose to Tribe again

The Twins remain 20 games over .500 after their second straight loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. But it’s still a tough pill to swallow because the Twins did what the club from Minnesota has done all season long: they hit three home runs, they took an early lead and yet couldn’t hold on... Continue Reading »

June 3, 2019

Twins first to 40 wins in American League after taking 3-of-4 games from Rays

Sunday’s Twins win over the Tampa Bay Rays marked their 40th win of the season. They also are the first team in the American League to get to 40 wins and then there’s this accomplishment: no team in Twins history has reached 40 wins faster than the 2019 club, the team announced. Does the baseball... Continue Reading »

May 29, 2019

Twins earn a series split and a whole lot more

The Twins split their two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, beating the Crew Tuesday night, 5-3. The offense finally woke up late in the game and some familiar names sealed the win: Eddie Rosario hit his 17th home run and both Max Kepler and C.J. Cron hit RBI doubles. The Twins took a 5-0 lead... Continue Reading »

May 21, 2019

Back to winning as Twins beat Angels in Game 1

The Twins dropped the final game of its four-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, but the team got right back to its winning ways on Monday with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jake Odorizzi and three relievers six-hit the Halos and slugger Miguel Sano delivered the big blow,... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2019

Twins avoid 3-game losing streak, beat Angels 4-3

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli wanted this one. Baldelli went deep on the Twins bullpen, Mitch Garver hit his ninth home run and Byron Buxton threw out Shohei Ohtani at home plate to preserve the 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. The Twins took a 4-0 lead, getting run-scoring hits from... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2019

The Twins continue to win. Now, where are the fans?

The Twins improved to 17-9 on Monday. They also are 8-2 in their last 10 games, they went 6-0 against the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the season series and they remain atop the AL Central with a 2.5 game lead on the Cleveland Indians. All of that, you would think, would be enough to get... Continue Reading »

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.