May 5, 2019

Twins win at Yankee Stadium for first time since Tyler Duffey pitched the game of his life

The Twins beat the New York Yankees on Saturday 7-3, which is all fine and well except that the baseball world couldn’t help but notice it was the Twins’ first win in the Bronx in almost three years.

Their last win there came on June 26, 2016, a year that will live in infamy for Twins fans because the team lost 103 games that season.

But on that June day, before 38,000 fans, Tyler Duffey pitched the game of his life. He was backed by six home runs to beat the Yankees, 7-1. Duffey is still on the Twins’ 40-man roster.

That afternoon Duffey struck out eight over eight innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run. While he went to work on the mound, the Twins went to work with their bats. Hitting home runs that day were Danny Santana, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Max Kepler, Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno.

Michael Pineda, who spent four seasons with the Yankees, gets the ball Sunday. He needs a decent outing after two previous duds.

Extra innings…

-Jake Odorizzi had another solid start on Saturday. He struck out eight over six innings and improved to 4-2 with an ERA of 2.78. Odorizzi, Perez and Berrios are carrying the team. Now, we just need Gibson and Pineda to find their form.

-The Twins didn’t hit six home runs on Saturday, but they still got long balls from Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron. Garver hit leadoff and led the way with three hits. In all, the Twins scored seven runs on 12 hits.

-The Yankees lead the American League in attendance at 633,170 through Friday, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The Twins are ninth at 269,943. It really needs to warm up in Twins land.

-After Duffey beat the Yanks, New York media piled on, basically horrified at what had transpired.

-The Twins head to Toronto for a three-game series that begins Monday.

May 4, 2019

It’s the damn Yankees. Again.

Leave it to the New York Yankees to remind Twins fans around the world (OK, maybe) that although the team is off to one of its best starts in years, it’s still not quite good enough to beat the Bronx Bombers. It wasn’t a blowout win for the Yanks, but they scored early and often... Continue Reading »

May 2, 2019

Confirmed: Good pitching matters

The Twins and Houston Astros have two of the best offenses in the American League. The Astros have scored the fifth-most runs in the league and the Twins are right behind them at No. 6, according to Baseball-Reference.com. But look what good pitching can do to two teams that can hit, hit with power and... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2019

The Twins continue to win. Now, where are the fans?

The Twins improved to 17-9 on Monday. They also are 8-2 in their last 10 games, they went 6-0 against the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the season series and they remain atop the AL Central with a 2.5 game lead on the Cleveland Indians. All of that, you would think, would be enough to get... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2019

Twins hit 10 home runs in 2 games

The 2019 Minnesota Twins are making the business of hitting home runs seem routine. After the Twins hit five home runs on Friday in a 6-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, they returned to the field Saturday and did it all over again. The power show helped the Twins rally from a 2-1 deficit to... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2019

Back home and back in the win column, part 2

Need to jump start your offense? It never hurts to play the Baltimore Orioles. Twins’ 5 HRs tonight give them 16 in four games vs. Orioles. That’s the most they’ve ever hit against a non-AL Central foe in one season since the league split into 3 divisions in 1998, tied with the 16 they hit... Continue Reading »

April 24, 2019

The Twins are for real, folks, but pitching could be a real problem, too

There’s a lot to like about the 2019 Minnesota Twins. The team is off to one of its best starts in years at 13-8 and they lead the American League in team batting average at .277. They also are second in on base percentage and third in runs scored, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Hot-hitting Eddie Rosario... Continue Reading »

April 22, 2019

Twins pad lead just in time because Houston awaits

The Twins swept the sad-sack Baltimore Orioles, moved five games above .500 and have a one-game lead on the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe were blown out by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The timing couldn’t be better for the Twins because now they’re going to get their first real test of the season when... Continue Reading »

April 21, 2019

Twins smash 11 home runs, blast Orioles in doubleheader

After a day off Friday due to rain, the Twins worked off the rust in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Once the bats were warm, then they really went to work. Nelson Cruz started things off with a two-run home run in Game 2 and the Twins... Continue Reading »

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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.