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November 9, 2017

Of course the Twins’ Byron Buxton won a Gold Glove award

Byron Buxton, the star-in the-making center fielder for the Twins, won a Gold Glove award this week — much to no one’s surprise in Twins Territory and to other Twins fans around the world (well, maybe). And you can crunch all the numbers you want about how the data supports awarding Buxton his first Gold... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2016

Losing streak grows to 5 games after Twins drop opener to Tigers

The Twins endured a self-inflicted loss on Tuesday with too many walks, too many wild pitches and too many home runs. The result was an 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers and a losing streak that stands at five games. Starter Kyle Gibson got hung with the loss and fell to 5-8. He had command... Continue Reading »

June 22, 2016

Surely the Twins can beat the Philadelphia Phillies…

Update: Well, so much for Ricky Nolasco beating the Phillies. The Twins’ “ace,” who leads the team with three wins, didn’t pitch well enough for his fourth win and lost 7-3. Worse, though, was Kevin Jepsen’s performance. He followed Nolasco and gave up a three-run home run in two-thirds of an inning. Jepsen, who lost... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2016

If only the Twins played the Angels every day

Update: Never mind. Earlier: Well, the Twins’ four-game winning streak versus the Angels came to an end Tuesday night after a 5-4 loss. I guess this was inevitable, considering how the Twins have played this year, and Tuesday’s loss reflected the season so far: enough hitting and defense to keep it close, but not enough... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2016

Twins implode in Motown

Don’t remember the Twins’ back-to-back wins against the Indians? Well, there’s a reason for that because the Twins rode those rare wins to Detroit and completely fell apart, getting swept by the Tigers, the fourth-place team in the division. The Twins are 4-2 against the Indians, 0-14 against rest of AL Central. The Tigers are... Continue Reading »

April 21, 2016

Consecutive losses return as Twins fall to Brewers

After nine straight losses, followed by four consecutive wins, the Twins have returned to familiar territory with back-to-back losses, including a 10-5 defeat on Wednesday to the Brewers. Questionable defense in right field was the problem on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the attention shifted to left field and Oswaldo Arcia who had an error and... Continue Reading »

April 18, 2016

Twins end 9-game losing streak with sweep of Angels

The nine-game losing streak is over after the Twins not only captured their first win of the season but won consecutive games to sweep the Angels at Target Field. As my late, legendary high school coach Scott Muckey would say, "Well, we know one thing. We're not gonna lose them all." šŸ˜Ž — Trevor Plouffe... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2016

So this is it: Where will the Twins finish in 2016?

The Twins wrapped up Spring Training with a loss on Friday to the Nationals and an 8-8 tie against the same team on Saturday to finish 19-11-2 before the regular season begins Monday at Baltimore. Game ends in an 8-8 tie, closing the Twins' spring schedule with a 19-11-2 record. Opening Day is 48 hours... Continue Reading »

March 20, 2016

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Twins after the third week of Spring Training

The Twins returned to winning form through Saturday (March 19), finishing the week with four wins and a loss to improve to 9-7-1 overall. Most notably, the offense stepped it up, getting blowout victories over the Orioles and Red Sox. Byung Ho Park, Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe continue to hit, as do... Continue Reading »

Hi, Iā€™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.