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 day from Robbie Grossman and a solo shot from Kennys Vargas, the Twins still mustered only two runs on Sunday. The problem? They struck out 15 times as a team.

Hector Santiago gets the ball on Monday Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 22 games.

-Outfielder Eddie Rosario has a possible hairline fracture in his left thumb.

-The Twins are now 40 games under .500 at 55-95.

-Shortstop Jorge Polanco committed his 11th error on Sunday to give the Twins 115 on the season.

-The Twins turned three double plays in Sunday’s loss.

-The spoiler tour, such as it is, now comes home to Target Field to host the Detroit Tigers for three games, followed by three more with the Seattle Mariners. If the Twins really want to play spoiler, this is the time to do it because the Tigers and M’s are both two games back of the second wildcard slot in the American League. The Twins, believe it or not, are undefeated against the Mariners.

 

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 »

September 12, 2016

Twins lose 90th game of the season — with 19 games still to go

The Twins lost their 90th game of the season, and if they continue to play like they did on Sunday, then they most definitely will lose 100 or more games before it all comes to an end. In short, the Twins played like crap. They scored one run on five measly hits and committed four... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2016

Twins-related news: Hiroshima Carp win first Central League title in 25 years

In Twins-related news, the Hiroshima Carp, a team that hadn’t won a Central League title since 1991, ended that title drought on Saturday by beating the Tokyo Giants, 6-4. 広島 #カープ優勝 おめでとうございます! Congrats #HiroshimaCarp on winning the pennant! No Carp, no life. #Carp #広島カープ #NoCarpNoLife pic.twitter.com/T5TUGNnvKT — キャロライン・ケネディ大使 (@CarolineKennedy) September 11, 2016 How is this... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2016

Not so fast: ‘Confirmed candidate’ to lead Twins isn’t a candidate after all

Days after MLB Network reported that Alex Anthopoulos, the former vice president of baseball operations and general manger of the Toronto Blue Jays, was a “confirmed candidate” to be the Twins’ president of baseball operations, he apparently isn’t a candidate at all. That’s according to the Pioneer Press, which reported that Anthopoulos is staying put... Continue Reading »

September 7, 2016

Twins lose, but Dozier hits his 39th home run

In an otherwise disaster of a game on Tuesday — the Twins bullpen surrendered seven runs in the ninth to lose 10-3 to the Kansas City Royals — second baseman Brian Dozier hit a home run in his fifth straight game to give him 39 on the season. That ties the American League record for... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2016

Dozier Day: Twins second baseman hits 3 home runs, now has 38

The Twins lost 11-5 on Monday (nothing new there), but that didn’t stop Twins second baseman Brian Dozier from having another great day at the plate. After hitting his 35th home run on Sunday, which tied the single-season record for home runs at Target Field, he hit three more to give him 38 on the... 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.