April 20, 2019

Big innings haunt Twins in series loss to Blue Jays

The Twins dropped three of four games to the Toronto Blue Jays, making it the club’s second series loss of the young season.

And each loss to the Jays shows the team couldn’t escape the big inning.

In Game 1, it was a four-run eighth; in Game 2, it was a four-run sixth; in Game 4, it was a five-run fourth. It wasn’t all bad, of course, because the Twins did win Game 3 and Jake Odorizzi earned his first win of the season. Odorizzi struck out six over five-plus innings and the bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way for a 4-1 win.

The Twins were supposed to play the Baltimore Orioles Friday night but that game was postponed due to rain. They will now play a doubleheader on Saturday. Jose Berrios and Martin Perez will pitch for the Twins. Anything less than a sweep of this series will be hard to stomach. The Orioles were wretched last season (115 losses) and are not expected to be much better this season. The team is 8-12 so far, including 1-6 at home. The moment is now Minnesota.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are back in a familiar spot: looking up at the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

-Left fielder Eddie Rosario continues to carry the Twins. He now leads the team with six home runs, 11 runs and 16 RBI.

-Happy 59th birthday to Twins pitching great Sweet Music, otherwise known as Frank Viola. Viola spent eight of his 15-year big league career with the Twins. In 1988, he was 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and took home the AL Cy Young award. He also was the 1987 World Series MVP and a three-time all-star. His career numbers: 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA. He won 20 or more games twice in his career and also had seasons of 18, 17 and 16 wins.

Before he was drafted by the Twins, Viola pitched for St. John’s University. He was immortalized by legendary baseball scribe, Roger Angell, in a story called “The Web of the Game,” which captured a pitchers’ duel between Viola and Ron Darling.


April 17, 2019

The first losing streak of the season is here

The Twins have their first losing streak of the season after they dropped the first two of four games with the Toronto Blue Jays. Why do the Twins keep scheduling AL East teams? Best Record by AL Visitors at Target Field.677 — Yankees (21-10).667 — Blue Jays (22-11).667 — Rays (22-11).556 — Red Sox (15-12).553... Continue Reading »

April 15, 2019

Twins improve to 6-1 vs. AL Central

Two of three wins over the Cleveland Indians, two wins at Kansas City and now two wins against the Detroit Tigers has contributed to a Twins record of 8-4, including 6-1 so far versus their divisional foes. The Twins scored six runs on 14 hits in their win over the Tigers on Sunday, but it... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2019

Back home and back in the win column

After an ugly loss to the New York Mets, and an off day due to snow (of course), the Twins took advantage of some base on balls and strung together enough singles to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday. The Twins didn’t have an extra-base hit, but still made the most of five singles... Continue Reading »

April 10, 2019

Twins crush deGrom, Mets

The Twins ended two pitching streaks in a hurry Tuesday night. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom came into Tuesday’s game with a scoreless inning and quality start streak, but both were gone in a flash after the Twins hit six home runs en route to a blowout win. When it was all over, the... Continue Reading »

April 7, 2019

Power display helps Twins even series with Phillies

The Twins hit three home runs, Byron Buxton threw out Bryce Harper at the plate and team pitching was much improved to help the club even its series with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Speedy outfielder Buxton scored the first run of the game on a Jake Arrieta wild pitch, then... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2019

Another game, another win for the Twins over the Royals

The 2019 season already feels so different. The Twins suffered 15 walk-off losses last season, but after two wins over the Kansas City Royals, the team has shown plenty of resiliency. They took the lead in both games, then fell behind, then rallied for two wins. Meanwhile, the bullpen did not disappoint, nailing down both... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2019

The team the Twins can’t afford to lose to

As I sat in the Target Field stands with my son on Sunday, watching the Twins dismantle the Cleveland Indians, I overheard a fan share his opinion about the Twins, saying they can always beat good teams, but rarely beat the teams they need to beat. There’s some truth in what that fan was saying... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2019

The team we all know the Twins can be

On paper, the Twins look like a vastly improved, competitive team. In reality, I’m happy to report that they appear to be just as good after they beat the Cleveland Indians 9-3 on Sunday. After Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi pitched well in the first two games of the series, Michael Pineda continued the streak... 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.