March 12, 2017

Something that resembles the Twins rock Red Sox

The Twins had their most convincing win of spring training on Saturday after they banged out 15 hits and scored nearly as many times to win 13-0 over one of the richest teams in baseball — the Boston Red Sox.

Perhaps more encouraging was that the Twins won big with a lineup that likely will play most of the season. In other words, the regulars got their shot on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint.

Joe Mauer singled, Miguel Sano had two hits, including a triple and Robbie Grossman had two hits as well, including a double. Jorge Polanco hit two doubles, Jason Castro hit a double, too, and Danny Santana singled. Meanwhile, the springtime surprise continues to be Byung Ho Park, who also doubled. He’s hitting .400 with eight hits and three home runs, both of which lead the team.

After Saturday’s win, the Twins improved to 8-4 in Grapefruit League play.

Extra innings…

Pitcher Trevor May, who hails from Washington state, likely will miss the 2017 season after he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow. He will get a second opinion on his injury, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is a possibility, according to MLB.com.

May, who worked out of the bullpen last season, was competing for a spot in the starting rotation. The right-hander throws hard and gets his share of strikeouts, but the power pitcher also, at times, struggles with his control. His career numbers: 13-17, 5.14 ERA, 65 walks and 214 strikeouts in 203 innings pitched.

 

 

 

March 7, 2017

Hector Santiago has an ERA of 12.27 — and that’s a good thing

Starter Hector Santiago lowered his spring ERA to 12.27 after a much improved effort against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Normally, an earned run average that high would be no cause for celebration, except that in Santiago’s case, his ERA was even higher after he was on the losing end of a 19-0 blowout loss... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2017

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I was prepared to sit down at my computer tonight and rip the Twins for lackluster play so far this spring, especially after they lost 19-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. But then the Twins won on Friday and Saturday and it was a reminder that they have the talent to succeed — and it... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2017

Well, at least Byung Ho Park is hitting

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park appears determined to return to the Twins based on his play so far this spring. Park, who struggled last season and eventually was sent to the minors, has three extra-base hits, including two home runs. As for how well the rest of the Twins are playing, it was hard to... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2017

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will…

The Twins have lost their first two games of spring training, which would normally be completely unremarkable, except that the Twins coughed up the worst regular season in franchise history last season with 103 losses. In other words, I’m ready for change (aren’t we all?) and signs of improvement from a team that has a... Continue Reading »

February 20, 2017

Is Twins closer Glen Perkins about to call it a career?

Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was named an All-Star for three straight seasons after saving 32 or more games over that span, could start the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports. And that’s a bad sign for a player who appeared in two games last season, then decided to end it early by having... Continue Reading »

February 16, 2017

Well, at least Twins pitcher Craig Breslow talks a good game

Longtime relief pitcher Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins and he recently talked up the club in an interview with baseball scribe Ken Rosenthal. He also mentioned how he worked on his pitching delivery during the offseason, how he feels he can help the Twins and he had some nice... Continue Reading »

February 9, 2017

Twins’ old man caravan rolls on

Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Belisle and now 36-year-old reliever Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins, according to multiple reports. For Breslow, it’s his second stint with the Twins after he pitched for the club in 2008-2009. Breslow has found enough success to eke out an 11-year career with seven teams. He... Continue Reading »

February 7, 2017

A little love for Byung Ho Park on his way out the door

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, who was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, has won the support of some baseball writers who say he should not be overlooked. The folks at FanGraphs have crunched some numbers in two statistical categories: Barreled balls and the average exit velocity of fly balls and line drives,... 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.