August 13, 2018

A series loss to Cleveland is understandable; a series loss to Detroit is not

The Twins limped their way out of Cleveland after losing three of four games, then wilted in Detroit with a series loss as well. When it rains, it pours, I guess.

Sunday’s loss was highlighted by the appearance of Kohl Stewart, who made his major league pitching debut for the Twins after being drafted fourth overall by the club in 2013.

Stewart wasn’t terrible, but he also didn’t pitch deep into the game, lasting four-plus innings. He gave up three runs, all earned, on eight hits, with one walk and one strikeout. In addition, the Twins did nothing to support him after they scored two runs on four hits. Max Kepler hit his 15th home run.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Tuesday vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Extra innings…

-Shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who was traded by the Twins last month, said farewell to the fans with a creative tweet. Second baseman Brian Dozier, also traded last month, said goodbye in a more traditional fashion by taking out a full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Thanks for supporting newspapers, Brian.

-Logan Morrison will have season-ending surgery on his hip after never hitting better than .200 for most of the season. Again, I’m not sure he will be missed.

August 11, 2018

Here and there, a few moments with the Twins

Perhaps I’ve been too hard on baseball writer, Roger Angell. I will admit to a growing sense of frustration as I read “Game Time,” a collection of his stories that spans at least 40 years, and wonder: All those years hanging around the diamond and he never wrote about the Twins? It turns out, at... Continue Reading »

August 6, 2018

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I can’t figure this team out: The Twins swept the Toronto Blue Jays, lost both series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and won Sunday to sweep those pesky Kansas City Royals. So, will this team put it all together or not? If this team has flipped a switch, they’ve done it at... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2018

Remembering Bill Rigney, baseball manager

I continue to work my way through “Game Time,” a collection of stories by renowned baseball writer, Roger Angell, best known for his work with the New Yorker magazine. Angell, who was born in 1920, is still among us, which means he’s been writing about baseball for at least 50 years. And yet in all... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2018

Well, there’s always next year Twins fans

The 2018 season ended Wednesday for the Twins after they went quietly in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe’s Carlos Carrasco dominated Twins hitters and the Indians took two out of three games to win the series. The season, of course, isn’t over for the Twins, but for all intents and purposes... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2018

Farewell, Brian Dozier

The July 31 trade deadline has come and gone and the Twins have said goodbye to five players, including longtime second baseman, Brian Dozier, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Dozier, until Tuesday, had only known one team in his major league career: The Twins. He spent seven seasons with the... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2018

Amid a flurry of deals, a walk-off win for the Twins

Despite losing two more players to other teams, the Twins appeared unfazed in their return to Target Field and beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, in Game 1 of their three-game series. The Twins might be 3-6 versus the Kansas City Royals this season, but they are 7-3 against the Tribe. Ervin Santana continues to work... Continue Reading »

July 30, 2018

I bet it was a long flight home for the Twins

Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Pressly are gone, the Twins lost their four-game series to the Boston Red Sox, and now the team is nine games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. All of this, I’m sure, contributed to a long flight home to Minneapolis from Boston. The actual flight time is about... Continue Reading »

July 28, 2018

The Twins had it… and lost it

Once Boston ace Chris Sale stepped aside, the Twins went to work on the Red Sox bullpen. The Red Sox had a 2-0 lead to that point, but the Twins scored a run in the seventh before Eddie Rosario doubled in the go-ahead runs for a 3-2 lead in the ninth. And then the wheels... 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.