Category: Jason Castro

June 16, 2017

Series with Mariners ends on right note for Twins

It was a wild four-game series with the Seattle Mariners. A blowout loss, followed by a blowout win — the Twins scored 20 runs on 28 hits — followed by a disappointing outing from Ervin Santana. But the series ended well Thursday after pitcher Jose Berrios went eight innings and limited the M’s to two... Continue Reading »

June 11, 2017

Pitching, not hitting, carries the Twins

Aside from a poor start from Hector Santiago, who has since wound up on the disabled list, Twins pitching has been strong of late, helping the club win three straight games and six of their last 10. If they win Sunday, make it four straight wins and a sweep of the San Francisco Giants. Jose... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2017

Jose Berrios has arrived, folks. And he’s the real deal.

Pitcher Jose Berrios improved to 2-0 Thursday after he and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies. But forget the relievers for the moment because the night belonged to Berrios. Berrios, who struggled in his rookie campaign last season, appears to have found a welcome battery mate in Jason Castro. With... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2017

Twins take series from Tribe, but can’t complete sweep

The Twins couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, losing 8-3 to end a four-game winning streak. For pitcher Hector Santiago, who did not pitch to Jason Castro (read whatever you want into that), it was his worst start of the year. He lasted only two-plus innings and gave up seven hits,... Continue Reading »

May 14, 2017

Twins put Red Sox debacle behind ’em, win 4 straight to regain AL Central lead

After the run-surrendering extravaganza against the Boston Red Sox last week, in which the Twins gave up 28 runs in two games, the club has come right back to win four straight, including two wins over the Cleveland Indians, the defending American League champions. And to top it off pitcher Jose Berrios, recalled from Triple-A... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2017

Sam Mele, who managed Twins to 102 wins in 1965, dies at 95

Sam Mele, the second manager in the history of the Minnesota Twins and who guided the team into the 1965 World Series, died Monday, according to various reports. Mele, who spent 10 years as a player in the majors, replaced manager Cookie Lavagetto during the 1961 season, the Twins’ first after previously being known as... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2017

Did Falvey & Co. simply flip a switch?

The Twins improved to 5-1 on Sunday after their 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (Ugh). It’s the best start for the Twins in years and yet the question remains: How are they doing it? Of course, I’m pleased with the results and want them to win, but this team... 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 »

February 26, 2017

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

The Twins have lost their first two games of spring training, which would normally be completely unremarkable, except that the Twins coughed up the worst regular season in franchise history last season with 103 losses. In other words, I’m ready for change (aren’t we all?) and signs of improvement from a team that has a... 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.