Category: Byron Buxton

July 23, 2018

How not to start the second half: Getting swept by the Royals

The 2018 season didn’t end for the Twins on Sunday, July 22, after they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. But there’s a good chance it ends this week now that they have to face the Blue Jays, Boston and Cleveland over the next 10 days. If they should continue to stumble, it is... Continue Reading »

July 16, 2018

Twins walk-off in style to end season’s first half

Sunday’s Twins-Rays game had a little bit of everything. It had a balk, four intentional base on balls, two batters hit by pitches and a player ejection. It also had 15 pitchers, 24 hits, 18 runs and one big home run delivered by the Twins’ Brian Dozier. With the bases loaded in the bottom of... Continue Reading »

June 25, 2018

Jose Berrios stops the bleeding at 3 games

The three-game losing streak is over after Jose Berrios, the Twins’ best pitcher, delivered a gem of a start, striking out 12 in seven innings to beat the Texas Rangers, 2-0. The 12 strikeouts set a new personal high for Berrios and he improved to 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA. Twins pitching was atrocious during... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2018

Remember when I said the kids were alright? They’re not

After back-to-back losses to the Kansas City Royals, and disappointing injury updates regarding Byron Buxton and Ervin Santana, the bad news is piling up so fast for the Twins that it’s enough for this fan to reverse himself. Earlier this month I said the Twins were just fine after they went on an extended winning... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2018

Twins fall victim to yet another walk-off hit

The Twins lost in walk-off fashion for the seventh time this season after Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his eighth home run in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Twins, 4-3. Other than the home run, Zunino struck out three times and is hitting .198. The Twins also fell to 3-10 in... Continue Reading »

May 21, 2018

Finally, a win over the Brewers

The Twins denied the Milwaukee Brewers a sweep on Sunday after starter Jake Odorizzi and four relievers struck out 17 Milwaukee hitters. Max Kepler and Logan Morrison delivered key hits and the Twins won 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. This time Twins’ pitching did not falter. Odorizzi struck out 10 over five-plus innings,... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2018

Twins aim for series win Sunday

The Twins scored early, and then tacked on two runs late, to top the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in 12 innings on Saturday. The Twins have won seven of their last eight games and will now shoot for 8-of-9 Sunday and the series win over the Halos. Frankly, the Twins were lucky to... Continue Reading »

May 12, 2018

9th inning rally leads Twins past Angels

Here’s a welcome change of pace: It wasn’t the Twins who lost late in the game, it was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who coughed up three runs in the ninth inning to lose to the Twins, 5-4. And once again, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario was right in the thick of things after he... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2018

Twins win 4th straight after Romero silences Cards

Twins rookie Fernando Romero, who made an impressive major league debut last week, took it a step further Monday after he silenced 40,000 fans at Busch Stadium by striking out nine over six innings. The team backed him with 11 hits and the Twins cruised to a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. First... Continue Reading »

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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.