Category: Joe Mauer

July 26, 2018

The sweep is complete! Now, about those Boston Red Sox…

I’ll confess: I wasn’t optimistic about the Twins’ chances against the Toronto Blue Jays, a team they have historically struggled to beat. But the Twins proved me wrong (Have a little faith, right?) after they blasted the Blue Jays on Wednesday and swept the three-game series. It was the Twins’ first sweep of the Blue... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2018

Color me surprised: Twins pound Toronto

The Twins will not go gently into that good night after they shook off a three-game sweep and pounded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, 8-3. The offense kicked it into gear and scored eight runs on 13 hits, including home runs from Logan Morrison and Max Kepler. Joe Mauer and Mitch Garver also had... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2018

How not to start the second half: Getting swept by the Royals

The 2018 season didn’t end for the Twins on Sunday, July 22, after they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. But there’s a good chance it ends this week now that they have to face the Blue Jays, Boston and Cleveland over the next 10 days. If they should continue to stumble, it is... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2018

The Twins look like sellers now

The Twins dropped their second straight game and the series to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, increasing the likelihood that Falvey & Co. will be dealing players as we near the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They might as well start with pitcher Lance Lynn, who has been inconsistent all season, including Saturday when... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2018

Twins make it 5 straight with win over reeling Royals

After a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the Twins have now made it five wins in a row after they won Game 1 of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The Twins are now 40-48 on the season, while the Royals, winless in their last 10 games, have fallen to... Continue Reading »

June 17, 2018

If only the Twins played Cleveland every game

The Cleveland Indians seem to bring out the best in the Minnesota Twins. The Twins, a team that has struggled to hit and score runs of late, had no trouble Saturday after they exploded for nine runs on 13 hits in a blowout win over the Tribe, 9-3. And the top of the order was... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2018

Well, at least the Twins can beat Cleveland

The Twins struggled with the White Sox, the Angels and the Tigers, but at least they can beat the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians. And they did it in style Friday by beating ace Corey Kluber on the road. They jumped all over Kluber early and cruised from there, ultimately winning, 6-3. Once again, Eddie Rosario... Continue Reading »

April 10, 2018

Twins lose, but Lynn pitches well in second start

Lance Lynn on Monday pitched well in his second start for the Twins, striking out nine in five innings with no runs allowed. He also slashed his ERA to 5.00 from 11.25 after a disastrous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. But Justin Verlander was just as good for the World Series-winning Houston Astros... Continue Reading »

April 2, 2018

What’s wrong with Twins pitching? Absolutely nothing

Jake Odorizzi pitched well, Kyle Gibson pitched a no-hitter through six innings, but leave it to Jose Berrios to top them all after he pitched a complete game shutout, limiting the Baltimore Orioles to just three hits. He struck out six over nine innings and had one walk in Sunday’s 7-0 win. If this is... Continue Reading »

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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.