Category: Phil Hughes

August 28, 2017

Twins take series from Blue Jays thanks to Byron Buxton

The Twins currently are without star slugger Miguel Sano, first-rate pitch-framer and catcher Jason Castro and pitchers Phil Hughes, Hector Santiago, Adalberto Mejia and Trevor May. But at least they have center fielder Byron Buxton. Byron Buxton. Damn. — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) August 27, 2017 Buxton, like pitcher Jose Berrios, finally is beginning... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2017

We didn’t really expect Bartolo Colon to win, did we?

The not-so-ageless Bartolo Colon was effective early in Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, but ultimately fell to 2-9 after he surrendered four runs in four innings. The Twins eventually lost 6-3 to even the series at 1-1 after the Twins beat the Yanks 4-2 on Monday. So where does Colon go from here?... Continue Reading »

July 15, 2017

This isn’t going to be easy — as expected

The Houston Astros made quick work of the Twins on Friday after they scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 10-5 victory. In four games this season, the Astros have now scored 50 runs against Twins pitching. How dominant are the Astros? They had 60 wins at the... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2017

Now, the Twins will have to win at home

The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals put a dent in the Twins’ road prowess, winning six of eight games. The Twins are now a game above .500 and tied for second place with the Royals in the American League Central, three games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Twins have played well on the... Continue Reading »

May 22, 2017

It’s time to talk about Phil Hughes

Despite the Twins taking two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, sandwiched between those two games was another sub-par outing from Phil Hughes, who gave up six hits, including three home runs, over four innings. The Twins lost 6-4 to the Royals on Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Hughes, meanwhile, after... Continue Reading »

May 5, 2017

This had to happen: Twins send Kyle Gibson to minors

Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on Thursday fell to 0-4 with an ERA of 8.20 after the Twins lost 8-5 in the final game of a three-game series with the Oakland A’s. Gibson hasn’t pitched well all season, but Thursday’s performance finally earned him a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester. All of this is disappointing because... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2017

So-so pitching gets plenty of support from Miguel Sano

Starter Phil Hughes did just enough to win and Miguel Sano supplied the offense on Sunday with three hits, including his 7th home run, to beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-5. Sano also had 5 RBI on Sunday to give him 9 RBI in two games versus the Royals, plus a total of five hits... Continue Reading »

April 20, 2017

Twins fall to .500 after loss to Tribe

I guess it was too much to ask to think that the Twins could sustain their 5-1 start and somehow win the division, the American League championship and the 2017 World Series. After all, this is essentially the same team that took the field last season and lost more than 100 games. After that great... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2017

Bats come alive as Twins down Tigers

With the exception of third baseman Miguel Sano, the Twins haven’t hit all that well during the early part of the season. That was until Thursday when the Twins banged out 11 hits and scored as many times to knock off the Detroit Tigers 11-5 and salvage the final game of the three-game series. Robbie... 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.