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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 21, 2017

Welcome back to the Twins, Byung Ho Park

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park continues to make the case that he should start the season with the Twins after he hit his team-leading fourth home run of the spring on Monday. Not only does he have four home runs, but he also is hitting .394 and leads the team in hits with 13. Park’s... Continue Reading »

March 16, 2017

All our hopes and dreams may be realized, Twins fans

The hopes and dreams of Twins fans around the world (well, maybe) were lifted immeasurably on Wednesday after top pitching prospect, Adalberto Mejia, took the mound and dominated over three-plus innings of work. The Twins traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to the San Francisco Giants for Mejia last season. The big lefty struck out eight St.... Continue Reading »

March 14, 2017

The day Brian Dozier didn’t face Jose De Leon

It must have been an unusual day at the ballpark for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. He wasn’t in the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, but probably was in the dugout, sitting and wondering what might have been. That’s because the Twins faced Rays starter Jose De Leon. If that name sounds... 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 »

March 12, 2017

Something that resembles the Twins rock Red Sox

The Twins had their most convincing win of spring training on Saturday after they banged out 15 hits and scored nearly as many times to win 13-0 over one of the richest teams in baseball — the Boston Red Sox. Perhaps more encouraging was that the Twins won big with a lineup that likely will... Continue Reading »

March 7, 2017

Hector Santiago has an ERA of 12.27 — and that’s a good thing

Starter Hector Santiago lowered his spring ERA to 12.27 after a much improved effort against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Normally, an earned run average that high would be no cause for celebration, except that in Santiago’s case, his ERA was even higher after he was on the losing end of a 19-0 blowout loss... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2017

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I was prepared to sit down at my computer tonight and rip the Twins for lackluster play so far this spring, especially after they lost 19-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. But then the Twins won on Friday and Saturday and it was a reminder that they have the talent to succeed — and it... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2017

Well, at least Byung Ho Park is hitting

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park appears determined to return to the Twins based on his play so far this spring. Park, who struggled last season and eventually was sent to the minors, has three extra-base hits, including two home runs. As for how well the rest of the Twins are playing, it was hard to... 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.