August 4, 2016

Twins’ wrecking crew rolls on, knocks off Tribe 13-5

The Cleveland Indians have the No. 1 pitching staff in the American League, but you’d never know that if you dropped in to watch the last three games between the Twins and Tribe. Once again, the Twins, looking more like the 1927 Yankees of late, poured it on, banging out 15 hits and scoring 13 runs on Wednesday to chase Indians starter Trevor Bauer after two-plus innings.

And the Indians weren’t happy about it. Manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and pitcher Corey Kluber, who didn’t even play on Wednesday, all got tossed out of the game for arguing with the umps. Kluber apparently was jawing with an ump from the dugout before he finally got the heave ho.

Leading the way for the Twins was Joe Mauer, who had four hits, including two doubles and a triple. Eddie Rosario chipped in with three hits and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier had two apiece, including Dozier’s 21st home run. Every Twin had a hit except for Miguel Sano, who walked twice and struck out twice.

Starter Tyler Duffey was good enough, giving the Twins six innings with six strikeouts, but he also surrendered all five runs. Three relievers shutout the Indians the rest of the way.

Extra innings…

-The Twins have won four straight to tie their longest winning streak of the season. They will try to make it five straight on Thursday. One more win also would mean a four-game sweep of the Indians.

-New pitcher Hector Santiago, who comes to the Twins after they sent Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer to the Angels, gets the ball on Thursday. Santiago this season has compiled a record of 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA.

-Can the Twins just walk the Indians’ Mike Napoli? Napoli has homered in five straight games, including on Wednesday, to give him 27 on the season. Offensively, the Twins are locked in, but so is that guy.

And 54 years ago Wednesday this happened…

 

August 3, 2016

Max Kepler homers again as Twins top Tribe

German-born rookie sensation Max Kepler hit his fourth home run in two days to help the Twins top the Cleveland Indians 10-6 on Tuesday. Also joining him in the power department was Brian Dozier, who hit his 20th of the season, making it three straight seasons of 20 or more home runs for the second... Continue Reading »

August 2, 2016

Kepler home runs back Berrios on busy, encouraging day for Twins

Rookie Max Kepler hit three home runs, top prospect Jose Berrios pitched six solid innings and the Twins banged out 19 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Monday. And all of this capped a day of promising trades that saw the Twins deal pitchers Ricky Nolasco, Alex... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2016

Twins finish July with 15 wins

The Twins finally have a winning record. After posting losing records in April, May and June, the Twins took two of three games from the Chicago White Sox to finish July with a win-loss record of 15-11. It was the Twins’ first winning month of baseball since last September when they finished the month with... Continue Reading »

July 29, 2016

Twins trade Nunez, finally beat Orioles and other things I missed while on vacation

After a short vacation, I came home to learn that All-Star Eduardo Nunez is gone, the Twins finally beat the Baltimore Orioles and the team was swept by the Atlanta Braves. Rob Antony on trading Nunez: “It was difficult but our perspective from the start of this process was to try to acquire starting pitching.”... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2016

Light blogging this week…

Hope to be back at it on Thursday. Thanks for reading. Rolf Continue Reading »

July 24, 2016

Who needs quality pitching? Bats come alive as Twins down Red Sox

After Friday’s display of standout pitching, the quality pitching was nowhere to be found on Saturday after the Twins and Red Sox combined to score 20 runs on 34 hits — 19 for the Twins and 15 for the Red Sox. And that was the difference as the Twins edged the No. 1 offense in... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2016

Twins beat Red Sox — with pitching

To quote Max Kepler, the Twins “redemptified” themselves in a huge way on Friday after Thursday’s blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox. In that game, the No. 1 offense and No. 15 pitching staff in the American League played their roles to perfection as the Sox banged out 17 hits and scored 13 runs... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2016

Twins ‘improve’ to 1-7 versus Tigers

Update: How about that? The more time I spend predicting the worst for the Twins, the better they seem to play. Now, I just have to figure out how to turn this entire season around… The Twins beat the Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Detroit-based club. Each team scored... 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.