August 3, 2016

Max Kepler homers again as Twins top Tribe

German-born rookie sensation Max Kepler hit his fourth home run in two days to help the Twins top the Cleveland Indians 10-6 on Tuesday. Also joining him in the power department was Brian Dozier, who hit his 20th of the season, making it three straight seasons of 20 or more home runs for the second baseman.

The Twins took an 8-0 lead on Tuesday and then watched as starter Kyle Gibson nearly gave it all back. He was cruising until the fourth inning when the Indians jumped on him for six runs. Gibson’s day was done at four-plus innings, but four relief pitchers shut down the Tribe the rest of the way to preserve the win.

That’s three straight wins for the Twins with a chance to match their longest winning streak of the season (four games) on Wednesday. The Twins’ seven wins over the Indians is the most against any club in the American League.

Extra innings…

-The Twins set a new team record with 19 extra-base hits in two days. They had 10 on Monday, followed by nine on Tuesday.

-Earlier in the year, when the Twins were really struggling, I suggested that hitting coach Tom Brunansky might be the fall guy for the team’s troubles and lose his job. Now, with the offense clicking the way it is, Bruno looks like an absolute hero. As a club, the Twins once ranked near the bottom of the AL in team batting, but since have climbed to ninth in that department. They also lead the AL in triples with 25. Brunansky, for those who don’t remember, played the outfield for the Twins for seven seasons during the 1980s, including the team’s first World Series in 1987. He hit 271 home runs in his career, 163 of them for the Twins.

-Starter Tyler Duffey, who had a rough July, appeared to be headed to the bullpen. Instead, Tommy Milone is headed to the bullpen and Duffey has won himself another start. He gets the ball on Wednesday.

 

 

 

August 2, 2016

Kepler home runs back Berrios on busy, encouraging day for Twins

Rookie Max Kepler hit three home runs, top prospect Jose Berrios pitched six solid innings and the Twins banged out 19 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Monday. And all of this capped a day of promising trades that saw the Twins deal pitchers Ricky Nolasco, Alex... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2016

Twins finish July with 15 wins

The Twins finally have a winning record. After posting losing records in April, May and June, the Twins took two of three games from the Chicago White Sox to finish July with a win-loss record of 15-11. It was the Twins’ first winning month of baseball since last September when they finished the month with... Continue Reading »

July 29, 2016

Twins trade Nunez, finally beat Orioles and other things I missed while on vacation

After a short vacation, I came home to learn that All-Star Eduardo Nunez is gone, the Twins finally beat the Baltimore Orioles and the team was swept by the Atlanta Braves. Rob Antony on trading Nunez: “It was difficult but our perspective from the start of this process was to try to acquire starting pitching.”... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2016

Light blogging this week…

Hope to be back at it on Thursday. Thanks for reading. Rolf Continue Reading »

July 24, 2016

Who needs quality pitching? Bats come alive as Twins down Red Sox

After Friday’s display of standout pitching, the quality pitching was nowhere to be found on Saturday after the Twins and Red Sox combined to score 20 runs on 34 hits — 19 for the Twins and 15 for the Red Sox. And that was the difference as the Twins edged the No. 1 offense in... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2016

Twins beat Red Sox — with pitching

To quote Max Kepler, the Twins “redemptified” themselves in a huge way on Friday after Thursday’s blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox. In that game, the No. 1 offense and No. 15 pitching staff in the American League played their roles to perfection as the Sox banged out 17 hits and scored 13 runs... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2016

Twins ‘improve’ to 1-7 versus Tigers

Update: How about that? The more time I spend predicting the worst for the Twins, the better they seem to play. Now, I just have to figure out how to turn this entire season around… The Twins beat the Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Detroit-based club. Each team scored... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2016

Twins fire longtime GM Terry Ryan

Twins general manager Terry Ryan was fired Monday, ending a total of 19 years as GM of the club. Assistant GM Rob Antony was named interim and apparently told he was free to pursue the job as he sees fit. Ryan’s firing came as a shock — the Twins are known for their continuity and... 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.