September 9, 2019

The new-look Twins don’t look very good

Dealing with injuries, players who are day-to-day and a major suspension (see Michael Pineda’s status), the Twins went with a youthful lineup and youth on the mound and it showed in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

The Twins scored two runs on five hits, getting three extra-base hits and two singles. They also struck out 10 times as a team and were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Tribe also stuck out 10 times as a team and were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but they also had 11 hits, including two home runs.

The Indians pick up a game on the Twins and now trail the team from Minnesota by 5.5 games. Up next, the Indians head to Southern California to play the Angels, while the Twins stay put to play the Washington Nationals.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-How many Twins players are dealing with some kind of pain or injury or suspension? Nine, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The list: Byron Buxton, Jake Cave, Nelson Cruz, Sam Dyson, Kyle Gibson, Marwin Gonzalez, Michael Pineda, Sean Poppen and Sergio Romo. We also learned Sunday that Max Kepler left the game with upper chest pain and Miguel Sano is dealing with back stiffness.

-Who allowed the five runs? Randy Dobnak, Devin Smeltzer and Cody Stashak.

-The Indians countered with Mike Clevinger, who struck out seven over six-plus innings and improved to 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

-Outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who spent time with the Twins last season, is back with the club after the Twins traded to get him from the Atlanta Braves organization.

According to MLB Trade Rumors:

LaMarre was productive for the Braves Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, slashing .311/.380/.477, albeit with a .416 BABIP. He also started 44 games in center field for the Stripers, so he’ll give the Twins a center field capable depth piece for the regular season’s final month.

September 8, 2019

Twins win softens blow of Pineda suspension

The Twins rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians Saturday night, reminding Twins fans everywhere that the club, despite numerous injuries this season, has been resilient and deep enough to keep on winning. Now, they’ve been handed a new challenge: winning without starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, who was suspended 60 games prior to Saturday’s game. That... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2019

Twins win thriller after Rosario makes game-ending throw to home plate

Jake Cave made a fantastic catch, Willians Astudillo hit a clutch single and Eddie Rosario threw out a runner at home plate to end the game and send the Twins to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins took two of three games from Boston and now head home to... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2019

Twins hold on for 6-5 win over Red Sox

Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox is in the books after the Twins raced out to a 6-0 lead, then held on to win 6-5 Tuesday night before 35,000 at Fenway Park. The Twins went with an opener, calling on reliever Randy Dobnak to tee up primary pitcher, Lewis Thorpe, the lefty from Australia.... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2019

Twins win. Now, about those next 12 games…

The Twins are playing extremely well. They are 33 games over .500 after coming from behind to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday, they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and they have a comfortable lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. And that lead will either be 5.5 games or 6.5 games, depending... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2019

The day the Twins win was hardly the story

The Twins have won two of three games, including Sunday’s 8-3 win, against the terrible Detroit Tigers. That’s the headline, I suppose. Behind the scenes, however, there was even bigger news. The team activated cult figure, Willians Astudillo, and defensive superstar, Byron Buxton, from the injured list, and called up a whole mess of players,... Continue Reading »

September 1, 2019

Record-setting Twins hit 6 home runs — and lose

The Twins set two records on Saturday: they hit six home runs to become the major league’s single-season leader in home runs with 268, and they became the first Twins team to hit that many home runs in a game and lose. Most home runs in MLB history: 268 — 2019 #MNTwins267 — 2018 Yankees264... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2019

Twins stay hot on the road with win over terrible Tigers

Life on the road continues to be good for the Minnesota Twins. After a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Twins were back in Motown on Friday where they unloaded on the hapless Detroit Tigers to win 13-5 on 14 hits. C.J. Cron and Max Kepler accounted for four... Continue Reading »

August 29, 2019

Road warriors roll on, sink South Siders

Who says home is where the heart is? That certainly doesn’t apply to the 2019 Minnesota Twins because away from Target Field they are a completely different team. The Twins won again Wednesday — an 8-2 defeat of the Chicago White Sox — and are now 20 games over .500 on the road, compared to... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.