May 7, 2017

About Kyle Gibson’s replacement…

Nick Tepesch, the starting pitcher who filled Kyle Gibson’s spot in the rotation, might be joining Gibson at Triple-A Rochester after Saturday’s ugly loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The Twins were blasted 11-1. To make matters worse, the game was effectively over after the Twins gave up eight runs in the second inning. Tepesch lasted all of five outs before he was pulled in favor of long relief. He gave up seven runs on five hits, including a home run, but was charged with only one earned run because of an error in the field. After Saturday’s performance, I’m not sure Tepesch has earned himself another start.

Extra innings….

-The Twins took the first game of their three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday and will try and win the series on Sunday. Phil Hughes pitched well in that game, but did not get the decision. Even better: Joe Mauer hit the first walk-off home run of his 14-year career to beat the Red Sox, 4-3.

-Undefeated pitcher Ervin Santana looks to go 6-0 on Sunday.

 

May 5, 2017

This had to happen: Twins send Kyle Gibson to minors

Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on Thursday fell to 0-4 with an ERA of 8.20 after the Twins lost 8-5 in the final game of a three-game series with the Oakland A’s. Gibson hasn’t pitched well all season, but Thursday’s performance finally earned him a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester. All of this is disappointing because... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2017

Sam Mele, who managed Twins to 102 wins in 1965, dies at 95

Sam Mele, the second manager in the history of the Minnesota Twins and who guided the team into the 1965 World Series, died Monday, according to various reports. Mele, who spent 10 years as a player in the majors, replaced manager Cookie Lavagetto during the 1961 season, the Twins’ first after previously being known as... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2017

So-so pitching gets plenty of support from Miguel Sano

Starter Phil Hughes did just enough to win and Miguel Sano supplied the offense on Sunday with three hits, including his 7th home run, to beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-5. Sano also had 5 RBI on Sunday to give him 9 RBI in two games versus the Royals, plus a total of five hits... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2017

As they usually do, Twins take series from Rangers

Despite Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins still won two of three games to win the series. And that’s something the Twins usually accomplish when they play the Rangers. This isn’t on the same level as the Yankees’ dominance of the Twins in recent years, but the Twins still have found a... Continue Reading »

April 24, 2017

Send Kyle Gibson to the minors, not Adalberto Mejia

Promotions and demotions were announced by the Twins on Sunday, but starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was not among the names mentioned. Instead, starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia is on his way to Triple-A Rochester, along with reliever Buddy Boshers, while Kennys Vargas was recalled and long reliever Justin Haley was placed on the 10-day disabled list.... Continue Reading »

April 20, 2017

Twins fall to .500 after loss to Tribe

I guess it was too much to ask to think that the Twins could sustain their 5-1 start and somehow win the division, the American League championship and the 2017 World Series. After all, this is essentially the same team that took the field last season and lost more than 100 games. After that great... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2017

All our hopes and dreams may be realized, Twins fans — part 2

During spring training, pitcher and newcomer Adalberto Mejia showed off his pitching potential after he struck out eight St. Louis Cardinals in three-plus innings. But the future of Twins pitching burned brighter still on Saturday after veteran Ervin Santana improved to 3-0 by pitching a complete game shutout of the Chicago White Sox. Santana went... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2017

Bats come alive as Twins down Tigers

With the exception of third baseman Miguel Sano, the Twins haven’t hit all that well during the early part of the season. That was until Thursday when the Twins banged out 11 hits and scored as many times to knock off the Detroit Tigers 11-5 and salvage the final game of the three-game series. Robbie... 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.