Category: Joe Mauer

March 14, 2018

So far, so good: Twins’ Lynn nearly perfect in spring debut

Pitcher Lance Lynn, the Twins’ $12 million man, took the mound Tuesday and didn’t disappoint. Facing the Baltimore Orioles, Lynn struck out five in three innings, with no hits and one walk. The Twins led 5-4 through  five innings before the bullpen gave up the lead and the team lost, 7-5. “I walked a guy,... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2018

Anibal Sanchez follows scoreless spring debut with a dud

Newly signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez followed his Twins scoreless spring debut with a dud on Sunday, eventually walking off the mound with both the blown save and the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates rallied from three runs down to beat the Twins 9-3. All went well early in the game. Pitchers... Continue Reading »

January 18, 2018

Justin Morneau, who won 2006 AL MVP award with Twins, retires

Justin Morneau, who spent 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins and was the American League MVP in 2006, announced his retirement on Wednesday. This didn’t come as too much of a surprise because news broke last week that he was joining the team as a special assistant. During a press conference, Morneau talked... Continue Reading »

December 24, 2017

Thinking of you and yours this holiday, Fernando Rodney

The holidays have put me in a reflective mood, and now that the Twins have signed closer Fernando Rodney, I can’t help but think of his days in the American League, including his seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers and one fateful afternoon in October 2009. That’s when the Twins and Tigers met at the... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2017

Well, at least the Angels lost to the Indians

The Twins on Tuesday maintained their game and a half lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second wild card spot in the American League, but it wasn’t because of anything they did. Instead, the Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians, while the Twins lost their second game to the New York... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2017

The Twins are alive and kicking

Twins killer extraordinaire Josh Donaldson was up to his old tricks again after he hit two home runs and staked the Toronto Blue Jays to an early 4-0 lead on Sunday. But this time the Twins responded with seven runs in the bottom of the second and six more in the bottom of the fifth... Continue Reading »

September 8, 2017

Twins make it 2 straight with win at Kansas City

A little momentum helps after all. A win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday carried into Thursday after the Twins came from behind in the top of the ninth to beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2. The Twins got enough pitching, enough hitting and plenty of defense, with the team turning four double plays... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2017

Show a little more patience at the plate, Eddie Rosario

Once again Eddie Rosario stepped up to the plate in a key situation for the Twins, and once again he was first-pitch swinging. The result? He grounded into a double play and the Twins lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Twins are now 1-4 to start September and have fallen into... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2017

Twins appear dead set on making the playoffs

The Twins won 20 games in August, including a much-needed, three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox to end the month. That’s just what the doctor ordered before the club embarks on the gauntlet that is September. The Twins play 28 games this month, 15 of them against division rivals. But after the Twins lost... 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.