July 6, 2019

Twins rout Rangers, 15-6

Nothing beats home cooking.

After a 2-4 road trip, the Twins were back at Target Field on Friday and went to work quickly against the Texas Rangers. They scored six runs early, took a 9-0 lead by the sixth inning, then scored six more runs late to crush the Rangers, 15-6.

Rangers pitching never had a chance. The Twins scored 15 runs on 20 hits, including 13 extra-base hits — nine doubles and four home runs. The big bopper was second baseman Jonathan Schoop who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.

That was plenty for starter Martin Perez. Although he fell short of a quality start, he still got the win and improved to 8-3 on the season. Michael Pineda gets the ball on Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Cleveland was idle on Friday, so the Twins’ lead in the AL Central improved to 6.5 games. The Twins desperately need to sweep this series against the Rangers because as soon as the all-star break is over, the Twins head to Cleveland for a key, three-game set.

-The Twins set a major league record by hitting four more home runs to give them 165. That’s the most home runs hit before the all-star break, according to MLB.com.

-Who hit the home runs? Luis Arraez (2), Jorge Polanco (13), Schoop (14) and Mitch Garver (13).

-The Twins are now 23-9 in blowout wins this season.

-After the Twins went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Thursday’s loss to the A’s, the Twins were a much improved 8-for-16 on Friday.

-A crowd of about 38,000 fans attended Friday’s game.

July 5, 2019

Twins, Tribe now separated by 6 games. Feel free to panic.

Despite 11 hits, the Twins still suffered from a serious lack of clutch hitting on Thursday. They left 11 men on base, were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and finally lost 7-2 and the series to the A’s. Meanwhile, Cleveland scored six runs in the seventh inning and came from behind to beat the... Continue Reading »

July 4, 2019

Twins rally to tie game, then beat A’s in extra innings

The Twins have yet to lose three games in a row this season after they rallied to tie then beat the Oakland A’s in extra innings Wednesday night. Almost immediately the Twins found themselves down three runs, but they responded with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and then won it in the... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2019

We have a race in the AL Central, folks

The Twins lost, Cleveland won and now the two teams are separated by seven games in the American League Central. A month ago I would’ve said this thing was sewn up for the Twins. Now, I’m not so sure. The Twins played extremely well through May, stumbled a bit in June and now have lost... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2019

Twins end June with 15-12 record

Any number of teams in major league baseball would welcome a one-month record of 15-12. But for the Twins, who went 38-18 from the end of March through May, finishing three games over .500 amounts to a June swoon for this club. You could hardly call their play of late bad baseball, but let’s hope... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2019

Twins hit 5 home runs, pound Pale Hose

The Twins team that appeared at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday is the one we’ve all come to know this season. The name of the game isn’t small ball, it’s long ball, meaning the Twins are doing Twins-like things when they are driving the baseball a long way into the seats. And so they did... Continue Reading »

June 29, 2019

Twins suddenly in search of runs as injury list grows

The Twins scored two runs on Thursday and four in their loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The sudden lack of run-scoring production can be attributed to the number of players hurt, including Eddie Rosario, who will now spend 10 days on the injured list. He joins Willians Astudillo, Marwin Gonzalez and Byron... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2019

Bullpen spent, Twins lose to Rays in 18 innings

Twins starter Martin Perez gave the club a quality start on Thursday, but it hardly mattered because the Twins played 11 more innings after he stepped aside in the seventh. Perez exited in a 2-2 tie, then watched as the team used nine relievers, including starter, Kyle Gibson, and lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay... Continue Reading »

June 26, 2019

Twins get back on track with win over Rays

After the Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals on Friday and Saturday, they appeared to have nothing left in a 6-1 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Starter Michael Pineda had one bad inning and that was the game. But after a day off Monday, the Twins were back home to face the... 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.