Category: Phil Hughes

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 »

March 29, 2017

Byung Ho Park? Oh, he’s the Twins’ designated hitter

Byung Ho Park will start the 2017 season as the Twins’ designated hitter, while Kennys Vargas, also competing for the same spot, likely heads to the minors with a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester. That’s the only logical outcome after the spring Park has had, compared to what Vargas did in March. To be fair,... Continue Reading »

March 23, 2017

Farewell, Ryan Vogelsong

The Twins have released starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, ending his bid to make the club. Vogelsong, perhaps sensing that he wasn’t in the running for a rotation spot, apparently asked to be released so that he could get a shot at joining another team, according to MLB Trade Rumors, which cited a report by Twins... Continue Reading »

March 19, 2017

My apologies to Mr. Phil Hughes, baseball pitcher

Despite giving up three home runs in his last start, starting pitcher Phil Hughes still struck out four batters in five innings and came away with the no decision. And yet I singled out his tendency to give up the long ball in a recent post. But he improved on that previous effort by shutting... Continue Reading »

March 12, 2017

Something that resembles Twins pitching loses 2 games on Sunday

Twins hitting is heating up. Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Daniel Palka all homered in split-squad action on Sunday, while the pitching is still a work in progress. The result was two losses and more questions about Phil Hughes and Ryan Vogelsong. Hughes, who is working his way back from season-ending surgery last year, didn’t... 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.