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.

It’s a good thing that Sano stepped up, not only to prevent another trip to Rochester, but to also help starter Kyle Gibson who didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday. Gibson threw more than 100 pitches in five innings, including four walks, then stepped aside to let four relievers limit the Rays to one run over the final four innings of the game.

Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Juan Centeno also had two hits apiece to power the Twins. Brandon Kintzler picked up his ninth save.

Extra innings…

-After Sano’s Sunday performance, which included an error-free appearance at third base, he now has 18 home runs on the season.

-There was speculation that Sano would get sent down to make way for the return of Trevor Plouffe; instead, outfielder Byron Buxton, who continues to struggle at the plate, will make that trip. It’s too bad, too, because Buxton has all the talent in the world to play at the major league level. We’re all pulling for you, Byron.

-The Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki and Twins manager Paul Molitor have something in common: Both tripled to achieve 3,000 hits in their respective major league careers. Suzuki’s 3,000th hit came on Sunday. Molitor finished his career with 3,319.

-After the games at Tampa, the Twins now come home for a seven-game home stand.

Tyler Duffey gets the ball on Monday.

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 »

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... Continue Reading »

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 »

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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.