Category: Max Kepler

May 21, 2018

Finally, a win over the Brewers

The Twins denied the Milwaukee Brewers a sweep on Sunday after starter Jake Odorizzi and four relievers struck out 17 Milwaukee hitters. Max Kepler and Logan Morrison delivered key hits and the Twins won 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. This time Twins’ pitching did not falter. Odorizzi struck out 10 over five-plus innings,... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2018

Nick Coleman, the reporter who captured Calvin Griffith at his worst, is dead at 67

Nick Coleman, a former reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, died this week, and the only reason I know that is because I was catching up on my Twins news when I came across his obituary in both papers. And then I learned that it was Coleman who had attended a... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2018

Twins win 4th straight after Romero silences Cards

Twins rookie Fernando Romero, who made an impressive major league debut last week, took it a step further Monday after he silenced 40,000 fans at Busch Stadium by striking out nine over six innings. The team backed him with 11 hits and the Twins cruised to a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. First... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2018

Twins will start top-ranked prospect Fernando Romero on Wednesday

The Twins announced Monday they will call up pitcher Fernando Romero to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Romero is the No. 2 prospect in the Twins organization, according to MLB.com. MLB.com also reports that Romero struck out 20 batters in 21 innings and had a 2.57 ERA at Triple-A Rochester. To make room... Continue Reading »

April 12, 2018

Max Kepler saves Twins from embarrassing loss

Despite the Twins’ 8-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, they couldn’t hold onto that lead and watched as the Houston Astros scored runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings to finally tie the game at 8-8. Closer Fernando Rodney entered Wednesday’s game with a two-run lead, but gave up consecutive hits... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2018

Lance Lynn can’t extend streak of quality starts for Twins

The streak of quality starts for Twins pitching ended at three games after Lance Lynn, who joined the Twins as a free agent during the offseason, was lit up for five runs, including a grand slam, in the first inning of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins rallied late in the game,... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2018

What? Me worry?

Despite the walk-off home run served up by the Twins bullpen in Thursday’s Opening Day loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the overall pitching was pretty good. And on Saturday it was even better. Twins pitching no-hit the Orioles until they got a hit with two outs in the eighth inning. Reliever Gabriel Moya then surrendered... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2018

No, no, no. The Twins do not need Fernando Rodney

Twins fans who are old enough to remember reliever Ron Davis likely had a debilitating flashback on Thursday after watching closer Fernando Rodney serve up a walk-off home run to Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles prevailed 3-2 in 11 innings and the Twins lost on Opening Day for the ninth time in... Continue Reading »

March 25, 2018

Where will the Twins finish in 2018? Some predictions

It’s that time of year again when sports publications and sports pages unveil their predictions for major league baseball. And many have praised the Twins for getting better in the offseason, but it’s still not enough, they say, to challenge the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the American League Central. In other words,... 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.