September 25, 2016

Spoiler tour is back after Twins top Mariners

The Twins staved off loss No. 100 for at least another day after they finally got some decent pitching and timely hitting to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Saturday.

For the Twins, the win snapped a seven-game losing streak. For the M’s, the loss means they are now 2.5-games back in the American League wild card chase with one more game at Target Field on Sunday. The Twins also improved to 4-1 against the M’s this season.

September has been another tough month for the Twins, although this time the offense has disappeared on them, largely due to injuries. Joe Mauer is out, Trevor Plouffe is out, Eddie Rosario is out and slugger Miguel Sano was temporarily out of the lineup until the Seattle series. Sano tripled in Friday’s loss and hit a solo shot on Saturday. That run was the difference and it held up the rest of the game.

Rice University product Tyler Duffey scattered four hits over seven innings, Taylor Rogers struck out the side in the eighth and Brandon Kintzler recorded his 15th save.

Hector Santiago, who apparently has had some success against the Mariners, gets the ball on Sunday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are on the brink at 56-99.

-Brian Dozier hit home run No. 42 on Thursday.

-The Twins committed two more errors on Saturday to give them 122 on the season. Sano and Jorge Polanco were the guilty parties on Saturday, but they redeemed themselves by each hitting a home run.

-Saturday’s game was played in two hours and six minutes, which ties the record for shortest game at Target Field.

-Sano hit his 24th home run on Saturday.

-Good riddance to the Detroit Tigers. The Twins finished 4-15 against them this season.


September 22, 2016

Wednesday rainout means Twins’ spoiler tour gets welcome break

The Twins need a break because the spoiler tour was effectively canceled after Tuesday’s dreadful loss to the Detroit Tigers. After suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Twins came home to make a stand — or so you would think because what else is there to play for this season?... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2016

Twins’ spoiler tour bombs in New York

The Twins, who made life interesting for the playoff-contending Detroit Tigers after a four-game split last week, brought the spoiler tour to New York and bombed, getting swept in three games by the Mets. The Twins scored four runs in three games, including back-to-back 3-2 losses on Saturday and Sunday. Despite eight hits, a 4-for-4... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2016

Another game, another loss for the Twins

It was another ho-hum affair for the Twins versus the New York Mets. They were shutout on Friday (3-0) and didn’t do much better on Saturday, losing 3-2 in 12 innings. They got solo home runs from Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton, but the Mets’ Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, including one in the... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2016

Twins fall to Mets and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon

The Twins were shutout by none other than Bartolo Colon on Friday, the 43-year-old starting pitcher for the New York Mets who won his 14th game of the season and No. 232 of his amazing, age-defying career. Colon scattered three hits over seven innings and then stepped aside for two relievers who blanked the Twins... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2016

Twins fail to play spoiler versus Tigers — so far

The Twins have dropped two of three games to the Detroit Tigers and will now try to even the series on Thursday before they head to New York to play the Mets. There’s not much to say about this series with Detroit, except that Brian Dozier has hit his 40th and 41st home runs to... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2016

Twins lose 90th game of the season — with 19 games still to go

The Twins lost their 90th game of the season, and if they continue to play like they did on Sunday, then they most definitely will lose 100 or more games before it all comes to an end. In short, the Twins played like crap. They scored one run on five measly hits and committed four... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2016

Twins-related news: Hiroshima Carp win first Central League title in 25 years

In Twins-related news, the Hiroshima Carp, a team that hadn’t won a Central League title since 1991, ended that title drought on Saturday by beating the Tokyo Giants, 6-4. 広島 #カープ優勝 おめでとうございます! Congrats #HiroshimaCarp on winning the pennant! No Carp, no life. #Carp #広島カープ #NoCarpNoLife — キャロライン・ケネディ大使 (@CarolineKennedy) September 11, 2016 How is this... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2016

Not so fast: ‘Confirmed candidate’ to lead Twins isn’t a candidate after all

Days after MLB Network reported that Alex Anthopoulos, the former vice president of baseball operations and general manger of the Toronto Blue Jays, was a “confirmed candidate” to be the Twins’ president of baseball operations, he apparently isn’t a candidate at all. That’s according to the Pioneer Press, which reported that Anthopoulos is staying put... 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.