August 17, 2016

Tweet stirs reporter to call former Twin Nick Punto

The Twins on Tuesday got their first win over the Atlanta Braves this season, getting another quality start out of Ervin Santana, who scattered four hits over seven innings and didn’t allow a run in a 4-2 victory. He also walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.43. I wish I could write that Santana won his 15th game; instead, it was his sixth win to go with nine losses. Santana appears to be getting stronger down the stretch, but he and the team still have a lot more work to do.

Also, Santana didn’t exactly beat the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium before 54,000 in prime time. He beat the Braves, the worst team in all of baseball at 44-75.

Santana was backed by 11 hits, including three apiece from Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe. Mauer hit his 10th home run, while Plouffe, recently returned from the disabled list, contributed a double.

Extra innings…

-Pioneer Press reporter John Shipley wrote a fun piece on the Minnesota reaction to seeing Olympian Shaunae Miller dive across the finish line to win gold in the 400-meter run in Rio. To many, it reminded them of former Twin Nick Punto, who was known for his head-first slides.

Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski was the first to make the connection between Miller and Punto,

and Punto noticed, too, tweeting, “Take that sports science!”

Shipley called him for reaction:

On diving into first base:

“I respected Terry Ryan and Gardy and the Pohlads, but in my mind I knew I was a little quicker when I dove. The timing had to be absolutely perfect, but it worked.”

On Twins fans:

“People from around the country don’t know it, but Twins fans are die-hard,” he said. “You don’t realize it until you run into one at the grocery store; they know everything about you and what’s going on in the season. They’re sneaky, passionate fans.”

On those who disagree about diving into first base:

“It doesn’t really bother me, it’s just that it was kind of nice to get some validation last night. But it still wouldn’t matter. I know. I would still be a one-man army.”

-Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers, according to the Pioneer Press, “meaning he can be traded to any team before his two-year contract extension expires at season’s end.”

Kyle Gibson gets the ball on Wednesday.


August 15, 2016

Well, at least the Twins’ Brian Dozier hit his 26th home run, right?

In an otherwise disaster of a game, Brian Dozier kept up his torrid home run hitting pace by blasting No. 26 in an 11-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Brian Dozier has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, third time this season, fourth time in his... Continue Reading »

August 14, 2016

The Twins best pitcher has 8 losses and a 5.71 ERA

Despite the eight losses and the stratospheric earned run average, Tyler Duffey won his eighth game on Saturday, a 5-3 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals. That’s back-to-back wins for the Rice University product, who held the Houston Astros to one run on Monday and limited the Royals to two runs over seven innings... Continue Reading »

August 13, 2016

Houston Astros come, conquer Twins

If you’re a Twins fan, this entire season has been about finding the positives amid a sea of losses. And we’ve had some, including the Twins’ 15-11 mark in July. But then the Houston Astros came to town and the positives all but disappeared after the Twins lost three of four games to the ‘Stros.... Continue Reading »

August 11, 2016

Hector Santiago loses again, falls to 0-2 with Twins

Things aren’t going as planned for pitcher Hector Santiago and the Twins after he lost his second consecutive game on Tuesday since coming to the club in exchange for Ricky Nolasco. Hector Santiago shaved off his beard after dropping to 0-2 for #MNTwins. Frustrated? "There’s never frustration. I take it in stride." — Mike Berardino... Continue Reading »

August 8, 2016

Send the Twins’ Miguel Sano to the minors? Never mind

You can forget about Miguel Sano boarding a plane with a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester because he won’t be going anywhere after his two home run performance at Tampa on Sunday. Sano’s two bombs, including a three-run homer, helped the Twins beat the Rays, 6-3, to claim another series win. Sorry, @RocRedWings fans, you... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2016

Miguel Sano’s up-and-down play gives Twins more to ponder

Will the real Miguel Sano please stand up? Sano, a surefire star in the making (right?) for the Twins, has recently struggled at the plate and in the field, raising the prospect of a return to Triple-A Rochester. No doubt Sano has heard the talk about his possible return to the minors, so in response... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2016

So much for the sweep: Twins drop final game to Tribe, 9-2

Well… All the hope, promise, fun and excitement generated by the Twins the last few days ended in disappointment Thursday after they couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cleveland Indians. The winning streak also ended at four games, and the Twins were denied a chance to take four games from the Indians in Cleveland for... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2016

Twins’ wrecking crew rolls on, knocks off Tribe 13-5

The Cleveland Indians have the No. 1 pitching staff in the American League, but you’d never know that if you dropped in to watch the last three games between the Twins and Tribe. Once again, the Twins, looking more like the 1927 Yankees of late, poured it on, banging out 15 hits and scoring 13... 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.