Category: Hector Santiago

April 27, 2017

As they usually do, Twins take series from Rangers

Despite Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins still won two of three games to win the series. And that’s something the Twins usually accomplish when they play the Rangers. This isn’t on the same level as the Yankees’ dominance of the Twins in recent years, but the Twins still have found a... Continue Reading »

April 20, 2017

Twins fall to .500 after loss to Tribe

I guess it was too much to ask to think that the Twins could sustain their 5-1 start and somehow win the division, the American League championship and the 2017 World Series. After all, this is essentially the same team that took the field last season and lost more than 100 games. After that great... Continue Reading »

April 7, 2017

I can hardly believe it: Twins win 3 straight to start 2017 season

How do you erase the memory of a 103-loss season? You win early and often, which is exactly what the Twins have done by taking three games from the Kansas City Royals to start the season. They now find themselves in the extremely rare position of sitting atop the American League Central with the Cleveland... Continue Reading »

March 7, 2017

Hector Santiago has an ERA of 12.27 — and that’s a good thing

Starter Hector Santiago lowered his spring ERA to 12.27 after a much improved effort against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Normally, an earned run average that high would be no cause for celebration, except that in Santiago’s case, his ERA was even higher after he was on the losing end of a 19-0 blowout loss... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2017

Well, at least Byung Ho Park is hitting

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park appears determined to return to the Twins based on his play so far this spring. Park, who struggled last season and eventually was sent to the minors, has three extra-base hits, including two home runs. As for how well the rest of the Twins are playing, it was hard to... Continue Reading »

October 2, 2016

Twins’ Santiago and 3 relievers shutout White Sox

Twins starter Hector Santiago and three relievers combined to shutout the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Saturday, limiting the Pale Hose to four hits. For Santiago, it was by far his best start for the Twins since coming to the club from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Ricky Nolasco in August.... Continue Reading »

September 26, 2016

There it is: 100 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The spoiler tour officially ended Sunday after the Twins lost their 100th game of the season to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3. Molitor on 100th loss: "It doesn’t sit well. I’ve never experienced it. It's going to stare at you all winter long, I know that." — Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) September 25, 2016 And like a... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2016

Twins fall to Mets and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon

The Twins were shutout by none other than Bartolo Colon on Friday, the 43-year-old starting pitcher for the New York Mets who won his 14th game of the season and No. 232 of his amazing, age-defying career. Colon scattered three hits over seven innings and then stepped aside for two relievers who blanked the Twins... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2016

Twins get blowout victory over White Sox

After the Chicago White Sox ran up the score on Friday, the Twins got some offensive production to do the same on Saturday and beat the Sox 11-3. I’d like to write that this victory was meaningful for the Twins, but that’s hard to do when the team is 34 games under .500 and 28... Continue Reading »

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.