September 9, 2017

Twins gain more ground in playoff chase

The Twins made it three wins in a row Friday night after they beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-5. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost, so the Twins now have a two-game lead over the Halos for the second wild card spot in the American League.

The Twins have two more road games with the Royals, then they come home to play the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays — two series in which the Twins should be able to pad their win-loss record.

Then, baseball gets deadly serious. That’s when the Twins hit the road to play three games against the New York Yankees, four at Detroit and three versus the red-hot Cleveland Indians. The Tribe have won 16 straight games and lead the Twins in the American League Central by 11 games.

I questioned Eddie Rosario’s patience at the plate the other day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want him in the lineup. Rosy delivered in a big way Friday night. He had two hits, including home run No. 21, drove in four runs and stole a base. Eduardo Escobar also hit a home run, his 16th, and Robbie Grossman doubled and tripled.

Center fielder Byron Buxton went hitless in five at bats and struck out three times, but that doesn’t mean he’s not doing his job.

Starter Ervin Santana won and improved to 15-7. Santana is closing in on his single-season career high for wins when he won 17 games with the Angels in 2010.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Saturday.

 

September 8, 2017

Twins make it 2 straight with win at Kansas City

A little momentum helps after all. A win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday carried into Thursday after the Twins came from behind in the top of the ninth to beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2. The Twins got enough pitching, enough hitting and plenty of defense, with the team turning four double plays... Continue Reading »

September 7, 2017

No sweep for Rays as Twins win

The Twins’ offense finally woke up Wednesday with 12 hits, including two home runs, to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-6. It was a much-needed win because the Twins regained the second wild card spot in the American League, and have a little momentum going into their four-game road series with the Kansas City Royals.... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2017

Show a little more patience at the plate, Eddie Rosario

Once again Eddie Rosario stepped up to the plate in a key situation for the Twins, and once again he was first-pitch swinging. The result? He grounded into a double play and the Twins lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Twins are now 1-4 to start September and have fallen into... Continue Reading »

September 5, 2017

Twins fall to 1-3 to start September

It was a pitcher’s duel early, and then everything fell apart for the Twins in their 11-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The Twins continue to hold the second wild card position in the American League, but their lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is down to half a game.... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2017

No one said it was going to be easy

Here we are three games into September and already I feel emotionally whipsawed. The Twins started the month losing a close one to the Kansas City Royals, followed by a 17-0 blowout victory over the same team, which had me riding high and convinced the Twins were on their way to the post-season. But then... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2017

Twins appear dead set on making the playoffs

The Twins won 20 games in August, including a much-needed, three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox to end the month. That’s just what the doctor ordered before the club embarks on the gauntlet that is September. The Twins play 28 games this month, 15 of them against division rivals. But after the Twins lost... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2017

Game 2 goes to the Twins

The Twins are a game away from a sweep of the Chicago White Sox after they pounded the Pale Hose on Wednesday, 11-1. Jose Berrios pitched seven scoreless innings and stuck out 11, while the offense scored 11 runs on 16 hits, including two more home runs from Eddie Rosario. Brian Dozier also had four... Continue Reading »

August 30, 2017

Game 1 goes to the Twins

No, it’s not the post-season, but it might as well be because the Twins need to sweep the Chicago White Sox this week and pad that win-loss record before the rigors of September arrive. That’s when the Twins will play 28 games in 30 days to decide the season. Of those 28 games, they have... 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.