Category: Kansas City Royals

August 6, 2018

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I can’t figure this team out: The Twins swept the Toronto Blue Jays, lost both series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and won Sunday to sweep those pesky Kansas City Royals. So, will this team put it all together or not? If this team has flipped a switch, they’ve done it at... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2018

Remembering Bill Rigney, baseball manager

I continue to work my way through “Game Time,” a collection of stories by renowned baseball writer, Roger Angell, best known for his work with the New Yorker magazine. Angell, who was born in 1920, is still among us, which means he’s been writing about baseball for at least 50 years. And yet in all... 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 21, 2018

Remember the 9-2 home stand?

All the hope and joy created by a 9-2 home stand quickly disappeared Friday after the Twins limped out of the second-half gates and lost to the lowly Kansas City Royals, 6-5. The Twins scored four runs late, including three runs in the top of the ninth, but the rally fell short after Max Kepler... Continue Reading »

July 11, 2018

The Web of the Game, a review

For years I had heard about it: A story called “The Web of the Game” by celebrated baseball writer Roger Angell, who wrote about a college pitchers’ duel in May of 1981 between future Met Ron Darling and future Twin Frank Viola. The story is included in a collection of Angell’s writing called “Game Time,”... 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 »

September 11, 2017

Twins split 4-game series with Royals after Sunday stinker

The good news: The Twins are done playing the Kansas City Royals in 2017. The bad news: The Twins couldn’t win the series after nothing went right for them Sunday in an 11-3 loss. The ageless one, Bartolo Colon, showed his age Sunday after he gave up six runs in one-plus innings of work, or... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2017

No one said it was going to be easy

Here we are three games into September and already I feel emotionally whipsawed. The Twins started the month losing a close one to the Kansas City Royals, followed by a 17-0 blowout victory over the same team, which had me riding high and convinced the Twins were on their way to the post-season. But then... 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.