Category: Kansas City Royals

September 17, 2018

Twins avoid sweep, beat Royals 9-6

The Twins on Sunday avoided the four-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals by scoring nine runs on 18 hits, including four home runs. Jorge Polanco had four hits, newcomer Johnny Field had four hits, and Field, Tyler Austin, Polanco and Max Kepler each hit a home run. Kepler hit his 19th... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2018

Get this: Twins can beat Yanks, but not the 96-loss Kansas City Royals

The past four games have been a microcosm of the Twins’ entire season. Inconsistent hitting, pitching and defense have plagued the team since April, and once again they were good enough to take two of three games from the New York Yankees, but not good enough to beat the Kansas City Royals, a team on... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2018

Cult hero Willians Astudillo wins it for the Twins with walk-off home run

Willians Astudillo, whose unique statistical accomplishments have quickly earned him a devoted following, delivered in a big way Sunday after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Kansas City Royals and win the three-game series. The Legend of Willians Astudillo™, updated: Homers – 3Strikeouts – 2Walks – 0 pic.twitter.com/jDIUrrqIYo — Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman)... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2018

Too bad: Twins’ Gonsalves doesn’t appear ready for prime time

Despite winning 53 games in the minors, starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves, who has made four starts since being called up by the Twins, has struggled in every appearance, including on Friday. Gonsalves gave up five earned runs in two-plus innings, but the Twins had his back and rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Kansas... Continue Reading »

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 »

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.