Category: Jake Odorizzi

July 13, 2018

Kyle Gibson pitches one of his best games of the season to beat Rays

Other than the no-decision 1-hitter against the New York Yankees in April, Kyle Gibson’s start Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays has to be one of his best outings of the season. Gibson struck out nine over eight innings and held the Rays to just one run. He also scattered five hits and didn’t walk... Continue Reading »

July 8, 2018

If only the Twins played Baltimore every game

After a 1-8 road trip, the Twins suddenly have a three-game winning streak at home, courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles, baseball’s worst team at 24-64. The Twins won again Saturday and will now shoot for the four-game sweep on Sunday. Starter Kyle Gibson got into trouble early in Saturday’s game, but finally settled down to... Continue Reading »

July 4, 2018

With losses mounting, Twins are expected to deal at deadline

The Twins lost again on Tuesday. They are now 12 games under .500, 11 games out of first place, 4-15 in one-run games, 1-7 on their current road trip, and if that wasn’t enough, they have nine walk-off losses this season. And now the fire sale is about to begin. MLB.com, citing unnamed sources, says... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2018

Twins drop series to South Siders (so much for predictions)

My crystal ball must have a crack in it because after predicting that the Twins had a shot to go 12-4 over the next 16 games due to some relatively weak competition (the White Sox, Orioles and Royals), the Twins lost Tuesday and Wednesday to lose the series against the Pale Hose. Wednesday’s loss was... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2018

The first designated hitter to hit a home run? The Twins’ Tony Oliva

I experienced a moment of serendipity Friday at the local thrift store, of all places. I was perusing used books when I came across the following: “Baseball: A doubleheader collection of facts, feats and firsts,” which was compiled by editors of The Sporting News and published in 1993. The book fell open to a bookmarked... Continue Reading »

June 6, 2018

Remember when the Twins scored 29 runs against Cleveland?

The Twins made their recent series with Cleveland seem like ancient history after the team scraped together seven runs in two games and split their series opening doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The Pale Hose limped into town 20 games under .500, yet nearly beat the Twins in both games. The Twins... 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 26, 2018

Twins’ Romero pitches well in loss to Mariners

Fernando Romero struck out seven in seven innings and limited the Seattle Mariners to two runs Friday night, but M’s starter James Paxton was just a little better after he struck out 11 batters in a 2-1 victory. The Twins mustered four hits and Max Kepler had two of them, including his seventh home run... 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 »

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.