October 1, 2016

There it is: 103 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The worst Twins team in franchise history lost 102 games in 1982. But a record that stood for 34 years fell Friday night after the Twins lost for the 103rd time this season to the Chicago White Sox, 7-3.

And like too many games this season, the Twins barely showed. There was little hitting, too much lousy pitching and plenty of free swinging as they struck out 12 times as a team.

Meanwhile, all those strikeouts helped White Sox starter Carlos Rodon, who has otherwise had an average season, look like Sandy Koufax after he struck out seven straight batters to start a game, tying an American League record held by Joe Cowley.

Twins starter Tyler Duffey got blasted, giving up two doubles, a triple and home run en route to five runs, all earned. Reliever Pat Dean wasn’t much better, but Pat Light finally made a scoreless appearance. He needs it, though, because his ERA stands at 11.34.

Two more games to go, Twins fans. Hector Santiago gets the ball on Saturday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins fell to 57-103.

-Old friend Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins and played 11 seasons for the club, had a hit for the White Sox on Friday. Morneau won the AL MVP as a Twin in 2006.

-The Twins are 5-12 vs. the White Sox this season with two games to play.

September 30, 2016

Is Paul Molitor’s job with the Twins really safe? After Tuesday’s loss, I’m not so sure

Jim Pohlad, the owner of the Twins, has said that he remains committed to manager Paul Molitor for the 2017 season. For Molitor’s sake, let’s hope he didn’t watch Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, because if he did, he might be having second thoughts after the Twins finally collapsed in the 11th... Continue Reading »

September 26, 2016

There it is: 100 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The spoiler tour officially ended Sunday after the Twins lost their 100th game of the season to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3. Molitor on 100th loss: "It doesn’t sit well. I’ve never experienced it. It's going to stare at you all winter long, I know that." — Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) September 25, 2016 And like a... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2016

Spoiler tour is back after Twins top Mariners

The Twins staved off loss No. 100 for at least another day after they finally got some decent pitching and timely hitting to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Saturday. For the Twins, the win snapped a seven-game losing streak. For the M’s, the loss means they are now 2.5-games back in the American League... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2016

Wednesday rainout means Twins’ spoiler tour gets welcome break

The Twins need a break because the spoiler tour was effectively canceled after Tuesday’s dreadful loss to the Detroit Tigers. After suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Twins came home to make a stand — or so you would think because what else is there to play for this season?... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2016

Twins’ spoiler tour bombs in New York

The Twins, who made life interesting for the playoff-contending Detroit Tigers after a four-game split last week, brought the spoiler tour to New York and bombed, getting swept in three games by the Mets. The Twins scored four runs in three games, including back-to-back 3-2 losses on Saturday and Sunday. Despite eight hits, a 4-for-4... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2016

Another game, another loss for the Twins

It was another ho-hum affair for the Twins versus the New York Mets. They were shutout on Friday (3-0) and didn’t do much better on Saturday, losing 3-2 in 12 innings. They got solo home runs from Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton, but the Mets’ Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, including one in the... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2016

Twins fall to Mets and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon

The Twins were shutout by none other than Bartolo Colon on Friday, the 43-year-old starting pitcher for the New York Mets who won his 14th game of the season and No. 232 of his amazing, age-defying career. Colon scattered three hits over seven innings and then stepped aside for two relievers who blanked the Twins... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2016

Twins fail to play spoiler versus Tigers — so far

The Twins have dropped two of three games to the Detroit Tigers and will now try to even the series on Thursday before they head to New York to play the Mets. There’s not much to say about this series with Detroit, except that Brian Dozier has hit his 40th and 41st home runs to... 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.