September 25, 2019

Twins inch closer to division title

The worst team in baseball held the Twins scoreless for six innings on Tuesday before the club finally scored in the top of the seventh and beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The Twins’ magic number is now two. If the Twins win Wednesday and the Cleveland Indians lose, the division is theirs.

Jake Odorizzi, who likely made his last regular-season start, allowed a run in the first inning, then settled down to strike out seven over six innings. He had to leave the game due to a hamstring cramp and was spelled by Kyle Gibson who showed improvement in relief. Gibson struck out four over two innings, but also gave up a run on four hits and threw 43 pitches. I guess I’d call it a step in the right direction after his previous appearances were terrible. Taylor Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his 29th save.

The Twins scored four runs on eight hits, with five of those hits coming from the bottom of the order: Jake Cave, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Willians Astudillo. Astudillo drove in two runs and so did Eddie Rosario.

Randy Dobnak gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are 97-60, including 51-25 on the road.

-Odorizzi improved to 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA.

-The Tigers fell to a woeful 46-110. At least Detroit slowed down the Twins, manager Ron Gardenhire told The Associated Press.

”The Twins score millions of runs and we held them to four,” Gardenhire said. ”We had chances, too. We definitely had chances.”

-Not that it really matters: Cleveland walloped the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, 11-0.

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 21, 2019

Dobnak, Twins make it back to back wins over Royals

I say we call him, “The Dobber.” Randy Dobnak, he of the handlebar mustache who signed as a free agent with the Twins in 2017, got the ball on Friday and gave the Twins five-plus innings of three-hit baseball. The Twins scored first, then held on to win 4-3 over the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2019

Twins lose; baseball is weird

The Twins must have expended all their energies on Tuesday night’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox because they went quietly in a 3-1 loss to the South Siders on Wednesday. It’s hard to imagine that a team that has set record after record for home runs this season could muster so little offense,... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2019

Can you feel it Twins fans? This thing is happening

The Twins had no business winning Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox, perhaps trying to make good on the last gasp of summer, scored eight runs on 20 hits, including a Twins-like four home runs. But the Twins scratched together a rally in the bottom of the 12th and won the game 9-8 in walk-off... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2019

Game 1 of 13 is in the books. And it was a win.

The Twins rallied from an early deficit on Monday to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 and extend their lead over the Cleveland Indians to five games in the American League Central. It was the Twins’ 12th win over the South Siders this season. Starter Jose Berrios got into trouble early, then settled down to... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2019

The final 13 games of the season are here. What’s it gonna be, Minnesota?

The final two weeks of the 2019 season are upon us. The Twins lead their division by 4.5 games and, by most accounts, it’s easy street from here on out. To wrap up their campaign, they play the 83-loss Chicago White Sox, the 95-loss Kansas City Royals and the 104-loss Detroit Tigers. But seven of... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2019

Road Warriors respond with doubleheader sweep of Tribe

After the Twins won only two of six games during their last home stand, they responded with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Where were they? On the road, of course, where they have played well all season. In Game 1, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run home run and five pitchers made... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2019

Berrios, Garver deliver good news on an otherwise terrible day

What should be a joyous run to the post-season for Twins baseball has suddenly become a sideshow of off-the-field distractions. After the Twins lost starting pitcher Michael Pineda to a 60-game suspension, the team announced Tuesday that superstar outfielder and offensive spark plug, Byron Buxton, will have season-ending shoulder surgery. It’s just another in a... Continue Reading »

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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.