Category: Michael Pineda

September 9, 2019

The new-look Twins don’t look very good

Dealing with injuries, players who are day-to-day and a major suspension (see Michael Pineda’s status), the Twins went with a youthful lineup and youth on the mound and it showed in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Twins scored two runs on five hits, getting three extra-base hits and two singles.... Continue Reading »

September 8, 2019

Twins win softens blow of Pineda suspension

The Twins rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians Saturday night, reminding Twins fans everywhere that the club, despite numerous injuries this season, has been resilient and deep enough to keep on winning. Now, they’ve been handed a new challenge: winning without starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, who was suspended 60 games prior to Saturday’s game. That... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2019

The day the Twins win was hardly the story

The Twins have won two of three games, including Sunday’s 8-3 win, against the terrible Detroit Tigers. That’s the headline, I suppose. Behind the scenes, however, there was even bigger news. The team activated cult figure, Willians Astudillo, and defensive superstar, Byron Buxton, from the injured list, and called up a whole mess of players,... Continue Reading »

August 29, 2019

Road warriors roll on, sink South Siders

Who says home is where the heart is? That certainly doesn’t apply to the 2019 Minnesota Twins because away from Target Field they are a completely different team. The Twins won again Wednesday — an 8-2 defeat of the Chicago White Sox — and are now 20 games over .500 on the road, compared to... Continue Reading »

August 26, 2019

There is redemption. Just ask the Twins

After an embarrassing Game 1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the worst team in baseball, the Twins won back-to-back games over Motor City, including Sunday’s 7-4 victory, to earn the series win and extend their lead in the AL Central to 3.5 games. They picked up a game on the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2019

All hail the Twins’ Nelson Cruz

Slugger Nelson Cruz appears ready to single-handedly lead the Twins to a division title and possibly more after putting on a show Friday and Saturday. In two games, Cruz went 6-for-10 at the plate and hit four home runs, including three on Saturday in the Twins’ 11-3 defeat of the Kansas City Royals. He now... Continue Reading »

August 2, 2019

Newly acquired Sam Dyson makes disastrous appearance for Twins

In one of the worst losses of the season, the Miami Marlins, a team that is 23 games under .500, 21 games out of the running in its own division and has the lowest attendance in the National League, rallied to tie the Twins in the ninth inning and beat them in extras on a... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2019

Twins split series with A’s after welcome, walk-off win

Good riddance to the pesky Oakland A’s.  The A’s and Twins fought like hell over this four-game series, and just when it looked like the Twins might finally get an easy win on Sunday, the A’s had other ideas. The Twins scored four runs early before the A’s added two in the top of the... Continue Reading »

July 17, 2019

Remember the Cleveland series, Twins fans?

All the momentum created by a successful road trip to Cleveland evaporated quickly Tuesday night after the Twins had a lousy first inning against the New York Mets, then struggled to capitalize the rest of the night. Two unearned runs spoil another strong start by Michael Pineda, and Twins fall to Mets, 3-2 at Target... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.