May 8, 2018

Twins win 4th straight after Romero silences Cards

Twins rookie Fernando Romero, who made an impressive major league debut last week, took it a step further Monday after he silenced 40,000 fans at Busch Stadium by striking out nine over six innings. The team backed him with 11 hits and the Twins cruised to a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Suddenly, things are looking up for the Twins. The club won its fourth straight Monday night and is now 6-4 in its last 10 games and has moved back into second place in the American League Central, 1.5 games out of first place. Despite the injuries to three key players — Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton — this team is finding ways to win. The improved hitting of Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario has been a big part of their success of late, especially Rosario, who is hitting .452 with four home runs and 13 RBI in the past seven games.

But the real star Monday was Romero. He scattered three hits over six innings and struck out nine with three walks. He has yet to give up a run and improved to 2-0. With Santana’s return delayed, Romero’s early success for the Twins has been huge.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Tuesday in the finale of the two-game series with the Cardinals.

Extra innings…

-Max Kepler, Robbie Grossman and Rosario had seven of the Twins’ 11 hits on Monday.

-The Twins wrap up their series with the Cardinals on Tuesday, get Wednesday off, then hit the road to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Shohei Ohtani.

-Cardinals’ fans are serious baseball fans. Even on a Monday night — a school night and the beginning of the work week — more than 40,000 fans attended the game.

-In October 1987, the Twins won their first World Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, 4-3. In Game 7, Frank “Sweet Music” Viola struck out seven over eight innings and held the Cardinals to just two runs. Dan Gladden, Greg Gagne and Kirby Puckett provided the offense for the Twins and the team won 4-2 before 55,000 at the Metrodome. Viola was named World Series MVP.

May 6, 2018

Twins’ Lynn earns his first win, but battery mate Castro is headed to DL

Starter Lance Lynn won his first game, Eddie Rosario drove in five runs and the Twins cruised to an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Twins won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month. And yet just when things are looking up, catcher Jason Castro is now headed... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2018

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose again to walk-off home run

The 2018 Minnesota Twins should pass on playing the ponies, avoid late-night poker games and postpone any planned trips to Las Vegas because Lady Luck and this team are not on the same page. And that total lack of luck was on display again Thursday night in Game 1 of a four-game series with the... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2018

The day a rookie saved the Twins

Desperately needing a win, the Twins turned to pitcher Fernando Romero on Wednesday and he didn’t disappoint after he struck out five in five-plus innings in his major league debut. Fernando Romero's first big league pitch is a strike at 94.7 mph. — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 2, 2018 Romero set the tone, the bullpen... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2018

Twins will start top-ranked prospect Fernando Romero on Wednesday

The Twins announced Monday they will call up pitcher Fernando Romero to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Romero is the No. 2 prospect in the Twins organization, according to MLB.com. MLB.com also reports that Romero struck out 20 batters in 21 innings and had a 2.57 ERA at Triple-A Rochester. To make room... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2018

The Twins are in trouble, folks

No pitching and no hitting is a fatal combination in the game of baseball, but once again that’s what the Twins were faced with Sunday after they lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 8-2. Jose Berrios couldn’t get past the third inning and the Twins couldn’t get a run on the board until the sixth. In... Continue Reading »

April 29, 2018

Twins snap 8-game losing streak, but don’t lower the red flag just yet

The Twins finally are in the win column again after they beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday. The win ends a brutal eight-game stretch in which the team was swept by the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. GAME: Twins 3, Reds 1. Odorizzi goes six. Duke, Reed, Rodney do their jobs. Losing... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2018

Somebody needs to apologize to Twins pitcher, Kyle Gibson

The Twins were swept by the New York Yankees, the losing streak stands at seven games and Thursday’s loss was made all the more painful because Kyle Gibson pitched the game of his life and yet the Twins still lost in heart-breaking fashion. For six innings, Gibson one-hit the Yankees and struck out 10 batters,... Continue Reading »

April 26, 2018

Your day will come, a poem

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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.