Category: Byron Buxton

August 4, 2020

Twins, punchless at first, rally to tie game and then walk it off, 5-4

It appeared early in Monday’s game that the Pittsburgh Pirates, despite a 2-7 start, were going to stifle the Twins with stingy pitching and exit with a 4-0 win. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Twins scored four runs to tie the game, and then Nelson Cruz ended it in the bottom of... Continue Reading »

July 29, 2020

Donaldson delivers as Twins top Cardinals

One of the biggest free agents of the offseason was Josh Donaldson, the power-hitting third baseman who spent last season with the Atlanta Braves, but previously was known as the ultimate Twins killer during his days with the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays. Now, Donaldson is hitting home runs for the Twins. The Twins... Continue Reading »

January 20, 2020

Does Donaldson, plus Hill, plus Bailey, plus Clippard, equal a playoff win over the Yankees?

The Twins missed out on the top free agent pitchers this winter — and I’m still puzzled that the Toronto Blue Jays snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu — but the slugging, Twins-killing third baseman known as Josh Donaldson was still available, and after reports the club was “pessimistic” about landing the “bringer of rain,” the team finally... Continue Reading »

January 13, 2020

The curious case of the Twins’ Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios, the talented but not quite elite pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, appears set to have his salary demands go before an arbitrator, according to various reports. La MaKina 🇵🇷 #2020 #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/kR6gkQtot1 — Jose O. Berrios (@JOLaMaKina) December 18, 2019 There’s still time for the Twins and Berrios to work out a deal... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2019

Berrios, Garver deliver good news on an otherwise terrible day

What should be a joyous run to the post-season for Twins baseball has suddenly become a sideshow of off-the-field distractions. After the Twins lost starting pitcher Michael Pineda to a 60-game suspension, the team announced Tuesday that superstar outfielder and offensive spark plug, Byron Buxton, will have season-ending shoulder surgery. It’s just another in a... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2019

The new-look Twins don’t look very good

Dealing with injuries, players who are day-to-day and a major suspension (see Michael Pineda’s status), the Twins went with a youthful lineup and youth on the mound and it showed in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Twins scored two runs on five hits, getting three extra-base hits and two singles.... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2019

The day the Twins win was hardly the story

The Twins have won two of three games, including Sunday’s 8-3 win, against the terrible Detroit Tigers. That’s the headline, I suppose. Behind the scenes, however, there was even bigger news. The team activated cult figure, Willians Astudillo, and defensive superstar, Byron Buxton, from the injured list, and called up a whole mess of players,... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2019

Twins win 80th game, maintain lead in AL Central

Minnesota hit two home runs, Michael Pineda struck out eight batters over five innings and the Twins held on for the 3-1 win over Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The win was the Twins’ 80th of the season. Cleveland also won Tuesday night, so Minnesota’s lead in... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2019

All hail the Twins’ Nelson Cruz

Slugger Nelson Cruz appears ready to single-handedly lead the Twins to a division title and possibly more after putting on a show Friday and Saturday. In two games, Cruz went 6-for-10 at the plate and hit four home runs, including three on Saturday in the Twins’ 11-3 defeat of the Kansas City Royals. He now... 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.