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March 9, 2020

Twins veterans appear to get warmer with the weather

On a 75-degree Sunday, Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda turned in his best pitching performance of the spring, hurling four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with no walks. He also struck out six of the 13 Boston batters he faced, in what would eventually be a 7-6, Red Sox win. Perhaps not lost on any... Continue Reading »

February 24, 2020

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

Three “spring” games are already in the books for your 2020 Minnesota Twins, including a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a 5-5 tie on Sunday versus the Toronto Blue Jays. A Twins lineup of youngsters and prospects also had no trouble against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, beating the college team 16-0. Baseball... 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 6, 2020

What do pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill bring to the Twins? Well…

Like most of Twins Territory, I’m feeling underwhelmed after the Twins added starting pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill. Bailey, in particular, doesn’t move the needle very much, and is already being compared to former Twins pitcher Martin Perez. Perez showed up last season with some lackluster numbers as well, but after working with innovative... Continue Reading »

December 9, 2019

Welcome back… Michael Pineda?

The Twins, according to various reports, apparently have agreed to bring back starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, on a two-year, $20 million deal. He pitched well for the club in 2019 — especially down the stretch — but he also was suspended for using a diuretic (water pill) banned by major league baseball. #BREAKING sources tell... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2019

Twins’ youth movement tops Tigers, earns 99th win

As expected, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with a youthful lineup on Thursday, a day after the team clinched the AL Central and celebrated with a birthday cake and booze, according to team photos and videos. Baldelli turned 38 on Wednesday. Cheech and ChongAka Astudillo and Arraez pic.twitter.com/yYkTQ2yA2W — Kyle Gibson (@kgib44) September 26, 2019... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2019

The final 13 games of the season are here. What’s it gonna be, Minnesota?

The final two weeks of the 2019 season are upon us. The Twins lead their division by 4.5 games and, by most accounts, it’s easy street from here on out. To wrap up their campaign, they play the 83-loss Chicago White Sox, the 95-loss Kansas City Royals and the 104-loss Detroit Tigers. But seven of... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2019

Road Warriors respond with doubleheader sweep of Tribe

After the Twins won only two of six games during their last home stand, they responded with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Where were they? On the road, of course, where they have played well all season. In Game 1, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run home run and five pitchers made... 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.