Category: Byron Buxton

June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17 innings

The Twins’ Max Kepler played hero on Tuesday and again early Wednesday morning. He hit a game-tying blast in the 13th inning and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3. It was the Twins’ first walk-off win of the season. The win also... 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 10, 2019

Twins top Tigers 12-2, win series

What? Me worry? — Alfred E. Neuman After much hand-wringing about the state of the Twins bullpen in my previous post, the Twins returned to the diamond Sunday and reminded Twins fans, including this one, that sometimes they’re not going to need a bullpen at all. In fact, the Twins have already done that several... 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 »

June 2, 2019

Twins go for series win after blowout Game 1 loss to Rays

Forget Thursday’s blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Rays because the Twins won Friday and Saturday and now seek the series win on Sunday. How about this alignment? Gonzalez just hits it over everyone’s head for an RBI double. pic.twitter.com/j7p4dB2S6y — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) June 1, 2019 The Twins fell behind early on... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2019

Good, but not great? Twins fall hard to Tampa Bay Rays

Before I get to the disaster that was Thursday’s game between the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays — two of the best teams in baseball — I have to point out that only about 8,000 fans attended the game. If two of the best teams in baseball can barely attract 8,000 people on a Thursday... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2019

Did I say trade Miguel Sano? On second thought…

A fan’s frustrations will sometimes get the best of him. That was me, earlier in the year, after I learned that slugger Miguel Sano was injured and would miss the first part of the season. That led me to suggest that the Twins trade Sano because he’s likely to get hurt again and be slow... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2019

Twins hit 6 home runs, blast Mariners for 30th win

Saturday’s Twins/Mariners game was over before it barely even started. After a scoreless first inning, the Twins scored five runs in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and a run in the eighth to blast the Seattle Mariners 18-4. How did they score... 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.