October 27, 2016

Chicago’s turn: Cubs pitching evens series with Cleveland Indians

Quality pitching is the name of the game. Cleveland’s ace Corey Kluber did his job on Tuesday, and then it was Chicago’s turn as Jake Arrieta took the mound on Wednesday. He allowed one run over five-plus innings and then handed it off to a bullpen as impressive as Cleveland’s, including Aroldis Chapman, who seemed to hit triple digits on his fastball with every pitch. The Indians struck out 12 times a team and the Cubs won Game 2, 5-1.

Pitching wasn’t only the story. Indians pitching wasn’t as sharp Wednesday, so the Cubs took advantage and drew eight walks as a team. You get a few free passes, combined with some key hits and runs will start to cross home plate.

The series now shifts to Chicago and Wrigley Field where Cubs fans will no doubt be bonkers, more than ready to exorcise 108 years of futility. Pressure’s on, *Derek Falvey.

Extra innings…

-Old friend Jeff Manship, who was drafted by the Twins in 2006, made a scoreless appearance in relief for the Indians on Wednesday.

-Oct. 26, 1991: Kirby Puckett hits a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series to force Game 7. We’ll see you tomorrow night!

*Derek Falvey: Still assistant general manager of the Indians until the World Series is complete. That’s when he will take over as chief baseball officer of the Twins.

October 26, 2016

*Derek Falvey’s Cleveland Indians take Game 1 of World Series

Cleveland Indians pitcher Hans Kluber, also known as Corey, struck out nine over six innings and the No. 9 hitter in the lineup smashed two home runs to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series. Both teams feature outstanding pitching, but it was the Indians who showed off those winning... Continue Reading »

October 24, 2016

World Series is set, which means Twins’ chief baseball officer starts soon

Twins’ Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, who was hired away from the Cleveland Indians earlier this month, is getting closer to officially joining the Twins in that capacity. The Indians are on their way to meet the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, which sets up some possible dates for when Falvey might finally be... Continue Reading »

October 18, 2016

Twins’ new CBO Derek Falvey still not at work — and the media is starting to notice

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks it’s strange that Twins’ new Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey continues to hang out with his former team — the Cleveland Indians — even though he was hired by the Twins two weeks ago. That’s the thrust of a new story from Phil Miller of the Strib,... Continue Reading »

October 15, 2016

Hang a poster of Jerry Dipoto on your bedroom wall, Derek Falvey

I’m no fan of the Seattle Mariners, but I was impressed with the body of work produced by Jerry Dipoto in his first season as general manager of the M’s. Fresh off some apparently frustrating years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Dipoto arrived in Seattle and wasted no time in trying to improve... Continue Reading »

October 12, 2016

Isn’t it time the Twins’ Derek Falvey got to work?

Former Cleveland Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey was named executive vice president and chief baseball officer of the Twins on Oct. 3. What has happened since then? Very little, as far as I can tell, except that Falvey has made it clear he wants to spend more time with the Indians as they march... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2016

Twins finally confirm hiring of Derek Falvey as chief baseball officer

A week after Derek Falvey was rumored to be the Twins’ new front-office executive, the team finally announced his hiring as executive vice president and chief baseball officer on Monday. Falvey, 33, had spent his entire baseball career with the Cleveland Indians, including as assistant general manager, before coming to the Twins. He arrives as... Continue Reading »

October 3, 2016

Yes, there is hope for these Minnesota Twins

Despite 103 losses, the poor pitching and error-prone defense, there is hope for the Twins after they beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Sunday to win the final game of the 2016 season. And though the Twins’ young talent didn’t quite materialize as expected this season, they showed Sunday that next season could be... Continue Reading »

October 2, 2016

Twins’ Santiago and 3 relievers shutout White Sox

Twins starter Hector Santiago and three relievers combined to shutout the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Saturday, limiting the Pale Hose to four hits. For Santiago, it was by far his best start for the Twins since coming to the club from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Ricky Nolasco in August.... 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.