Category: Rocco Baldelli

August 21, 2019

Twins’ Nelson Cruz playing like he’s 29, not 39

Tendon-be-damned Nelson Cruz, who apparently is going to play through that tendon-related injury in his left wrist, unloaded on the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night with a home run and three doubles to power the Twins to a 14-4 blowout win. The South Siders took a 3-0 lead early and then the Twins went to... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2019

The Twins’ first 3-game losing streak of the season is here, folks. And it was ugly.

It’s gut check time, Minnesota. And Shannon Stewart is not coming through that door. The Twins’ Mitch Garver scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday, only to see that 3-2 lead turn into a complete nightmare. Reliever Trevor May served up a three-run home run, terrible fielding... Continue Reading »

July 14, 2019

Game 2 goes to the Twins (and Max Kepler)

Before Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer settled in and struck out 11 Twins on Saturday, he first had to contend with Twins right fielder, Max Kepler. Kepler hit two home runs off him, Jake Cave added a third and, despite the strikeouts, the Twins added a few more runs late to top the Tribe, 6-2.... Continue Reading »

July 13, 2019

Game 1 goes to the Twins

The Twins scored first, fell behind early, then rallied for four runs late to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in Game 1 of a key, three-game series on Friday. Perhaps most important: the Twins widened their lead over the Tribe to 6.5 games. Nelson Cruz got things started with a solo home run in the... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2019

Different day, different players produce for the Twins

The other night, the heart of the Twins’ batting order powered the club to a win. On Tuesday, the top of the order delivered the goods, collecting eight of the team’s 10 hits. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario each had two hits apiece. The night belonged to Gonzalez, however, who doubled... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2019

Miguel Sano is back. Now, what does that mean for the Twins?

Miguel Sano, the hard-hitting but oft-injured third baseman/DH for the Twins, finally rejoined the team Thursday in Seattle after an extended offseason to recover from, what else? An injury. And he wasted no time in getting into the swing of things by going 2-for-5, with two doubles. He contributed to a 16-hit attack and the... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2019

Twins fall to earth after series split with Tigers

After a convincing sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and another shutout in Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Tigers, it appeared the Twins were well on their way to a sweep, or at the very least, a series win over Motor City. But that was not to be. After the shutout, the... Continue Reading »

April 17, 2019

The first losing streak of the season is here

The Twins have their first losing streak of the season after they dropped the first two of four games with the Toronto Blue Jays. Why do the Twins keep scheduling AL East teams? Best Record by AL Visitors at Target Field.677 — Yankees (21-10).667 — Blue Jays (22-11).667 — Rays (22-11).556 — Red Sox (15-12).553... Continue Reading »

November 27, 2018

It’s not the Minnesota Twins, it’s the Minnesota Rays

The Twins claimed budding slugger C.J. Cron from waivers on Monday, making it the fifth member of the Tampa Bay Rays to join or recently join the club. Who are the other former Rays? Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, Twins coach Bill Evers, Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi and former slugger Logan Morrison, who is now a... 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.