Category: Byron Buxton

April 17, 2021

Twins lose again after snapping 5-game losing streak

During the 2020 season, the Twins, like every team in the majors, played most of their games against divisional rivals. The club was good enough to win a second straight AL Central title, but there was some scuttlebutt: Would the Twins have won the central if they had played outside the division last season? That... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2021

Bullpen struggles again, Twins lose again

The Twins dropped the opener of their four-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, a series that was postponed on Monday after the shooting death of Daunte Wright over the weekend in Brooklyn Center, outside Minneapolis. Perhaps Tuesday’s game should have been canceled as well. The game-time temperature was 33 degrees and it... Continue Reading »

April 12, 2021

Colome terrible, Twins lose

A six-run lead slowly unraveled and finally fell apart for the Twins on Sunday after reliever Alex Colome served up a three-run home run, turning a 6-5 Twins lead into an 8-6 Seattle Mariners win. Watching the game on TV, it appeared that no matter what Colome threw, Mariner hitters were going to put the... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2021

Andrelton Simmons is worth every cent the Twins are paying him

The Twins’ 10-2 blowout victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday produced a number of storylines, but the one that interested me was the play of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose contributions were both obvious and subtle yet equally important. At the plate, Simmons doubled twice and singled in five at bats. I like his attacking... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless, Part 2

The Twins appear to have put March and a lack of hitting behind them after they banged out 11 hits on Sunday in an 8-2 win and series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Luis Arraez had a 3-for-3 day at the top of the order, plus Byron Buxton doubled, Mitch Garver and Miguel Sano homered,... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2021

Berrios at his best in shutout win over Brewers

Four Twins pitchers combined to one-hit the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, including starter Jose Berrios, who not only no-hit the Brewers for six innings, he also had pitched a perfect game to that point. He struck out 12 over six innings with no hits and no walks and yet Berrios was lifted after 84 pitches.... Continue Reading »

April 2, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless after Kepler, Buxton shine at plate in loss

Twins outfielder, Max Kepler, singled, doubled and tripled in Game 1 of the regular season on Thursday, reminding Twins fans everywhere (OK, me) that spring training results are pretty much meaningless. Kepler hit all of .070 during spring training, but it sure didn’t seem to matter on Thursday. Also bucking the trend was, Byron Buxton,... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2021

What do you think of J.A. Happ now, Twins fans?

Free agent pitcher and ex-Yankee, J.A. Happ, saw more spring training action on Friday, but perhaps he wishes he hadn’t after he was roughed up in a 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Twins are 1-6 in exhibition play against the Braves. Happ followed Kenta Maeda, who was his usual sterling self. Maeda scattered... Continue Reading »

March 25, 2021

Here’s the sad part: If Buxton, Kepler and Sano were rookies, they’d be optioned, too

The starting pitching has been strong, the bullpen has shown improvement, but this Twins team is not hitting, and that was underscored Tuesday after they were shut out by the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. The Twins had a grand total of three hits. After that loss, I crunched some numbers that showed the Twins have scored... 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.