Category: Zach Duke

April 12, 2018

Max Kepler saves Twins from embarrassing loss

Despite the Twins’ 8-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, they couldn’t hold onto that lead and watched as the Houston Astros scored runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings to finally tie the game at 8-8. Closer Fernando Rodney entered Wednesday’s game with a two-run lead, but gave up consecutive hits... Continue Reading »

April 8, 2018

Maybe Saturday’s Twins/Mariners game should have been canceled

And I thought Thursday’s home opener was cold. Saturday’s tilt between the Twins and Seattle Mariners was 27 degrees at first pitch, making it the coldest game in Twins history. Who wants to play baseball in that kind of weather? Well, the M’s were more game than the Twins, resulting in a 11-4 win for... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2018

Twins finish strong after another slow start

I guess you can’t blame the Twins for getting off to a slow start in Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. Despite the sunshine, it was a cold home opener, which I can personally attest to because my son and I had 300-level seats behind home plate. Target Field is small enough that even... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2018

No, no, no. The Twins do not need Fernando Rodney

Twins fans who are old enough to remember reliever Ron Davis likely had a debilitating flashback on Thursday after watching closer Fernando Rodney serve up a walk-off home run to Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles prevailed 3-2 in 11 innings and the Twins lost on Opening Day for the ninth time in... Continue Reading »

February 4, 2018

This…

Former St. Louis Cardinals’ reliever Zach Duke, who signed a one-year deal with the Twins this offseason, said the following to MLB.com reporter Rhett Bollinger last week. “I had a couple offers out there, but after examining rosters, the way teams are put together, atmosphere, and talking to people I knew that had been in... Continue Reading »

January 15, 2018

If the Twins’ bullpen moves have you confused, you’re not alone

What a difference a few months make. It was in July that the Twins sent closer Brandon Kintzler and his 28 saves to the Washington Nationals, which left many Twins fans asking: Why? Some thought, including this blogger, that the Twins had thrown in the towel after a difficult, mid-season stretch of games. Or maybe... Continue Reading »

January 11, 2018

The Offseason, a poem

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.