Category: Toronto Blue Jays

November 7, 2017

AL Manager of the Year finalists: Francona, Hinch, Molitor

Twins manager Paul Molitor on Monday was named one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, joining Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and the Houston Astros’ A.J. Hinch. I expect Molitor to win the award for one reason: The impressive turnaround he helped orchestrate to win 85 games this past season and qualify... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2017

The Twins are alive and kicking

Twins killer extraordinaire Josh Donaldson was up to his old tricks again after he hit two home runs and staked the Toronto Blue Jays to an early 4-0 lead on Sunday. But this time the Twins responded with seven runs in the bottom of the second and six more in the bottom of the fifth... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2017

Next time, just walk the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson

All the joy created by the back-to-back do it again Twins — and consecutive walk-off home runs hit Wednesday and Thursday — was quickly extinguished Friday by the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s because Josh Donaldson homered and drove in the go-ahead run to beat the Twins, 4-3. Not only in Friday’s game, but for his... Continue Reading »

September 14, 2017

Bring on the Toronto Blue Jays

The Twins delivered exactly as ordered. They needed to sweep the San Diego Padres at home and they did, thanks to Eddie Rosario after he hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Padres, 3-1. Up next, the Toronto Blue Jays come to town for four games. I... Continue Reading »

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 »

August 27, 2017

Twins look for series win over Blue Jays on Sunday

August was shaping up to be an incredible month for the Twins. After a six-game win streak, followed by a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, it appeared the Twins were only going to build on their success by playing a five-game series with the Chicago White Sox, a last place team that is 26 games... Continue Reading »

August 29, 2016

On to Cleveland: Will the Twins win there?

As predicted, Kyle Gibson and the Twins couldn’t beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, so the losing streak now stands at 10 games. It’s the longest losing streak of the season, and they’ll now have to try to end it in Cleveland with Hector Santiago on Monday. I’m not hopeful. Longest Twins losing streaks14... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2016

Losing streak stands at 9 games after Blue Jays rally to top Twins

The Twins handed starter Ervin Santana a 5-0 lead on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays chipped away all game to finally take the lead and preserve the 8-7 win. For the Twins, it was the team’s ninth straight loss, tying the longest losing streak of the season. In case you’ve... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2016

Tyler Duffey and the curse of the Toronto Blue Jays

Here’s a telling stat: Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey has a 2.13 ERA in 13 of 15 major league starts, but in two games against the Toronto Blue Jays — his major league debut and last week’s start — Duffey apparently can’t pitch at all, surrendering enough runs that he has an ERA of more than... 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.