September 21, 2020

Kepler singles, doubles and homers to help Twins edge Cubs

Boy, did Max Kepler need a game like this.

The slumping right fielder broke out in a big way Sunday night with a single, double and home run, all of which helped the Twins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0. The Twins took the series and finished a 10-game stretch against the Indians, White Sox and Cubs with a 6-4 record, just as I had predicted.

I came up with that prediction because I thought they would struggle against the Tribe’s Shane Bieber, the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito and the Cubs’ Yu Darvish. Instead, they beat all three and lost to lesser names on the mound.

Jose Berrios, who improved to 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA, and three relievers shut out the Cubs on four hits. The Cubs did not look very good. They scored all of two runs over three games.

The Twins now head home to close out the 60-game season. They are off Monday and back in action Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

Extra innings…

-Kepler’s home run was the 100th of his career.

-The five final games of the season are against the Tigers and Cincinnati Reds.

-The Twins are two games out of first place in the AL Central, which means there is still a chance to catch the White Sox. The Pale Hose finish the season with four games at Cleveland and three at home against the Cubs. The Tribe just might play spoiler.

-The Twins are 21-5 at Target Field.

September 20, 2020

Twins win, return to postseason for 14th time in team history

This time the Twins scored first and piled on late to carve up the Cubs and clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 victory on Saturday. The power show had been missing of late until Eddie Rosario hit a first-inning home run. The unrepentant Josh Donaldson hit one out as well, but it was Miguel... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2020

Twins blanked by Cubs. Blah.

After a difficult series against the Chicago White Sox, I was hoping the Twins would find their true form Friday night and blast a few home runs out of Wrigley Field for a convincing Game 1 win in their series with the Chicago Cubs. But that was not to be. The Cubs scored a run... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2020

Fiery Twins drop series on South Side, now head to North Side

The Twins hit three home runs on Thursday, including a controversial blast from Josh Donaldson, but still fell 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox. The Sox took three of four games in the series and clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 2008. You could tell throughout the series that the Twins were... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2020

Bats fall silent and tempers flare as Twins lose again to White Sox

First the good news: Twins center fielder, Byron Buxton, the fastest man in baseball, hit an inside-the-park home run to score a run in the third inning of Tuesday’s game. The bad news: it was only one of two runs the Twins scored in a second consecutive loss to the Chicago White Sox. The 6-2... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2020

Twins leave offense in Minnesota, lose 3-1 to Chisox

After smashing 11 home runs in a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Twins appeared poised to keep hitting long balls in Game 1 of their series against the Chicago White Sox. Instead, the clutch hitting completely disappeared and the bullpen folded late to give the Pale Hose a 3-1 win on Monday. There... Continue Reading »

September 14, 2020

Twins sweep Tribe. Now, bring on the Chicago White Sox

It’s just what the doctor ordered: A three-game sweep, a nice cushion in the form of a 30-18 record and what would appear to be plenty of momentum as the Twins head to Chicago to play the White Sox and Cubs. But first there was Sunday’s game. The Twins rallied from a 3-0 deficit by... Continue Reading »

September 13, 2020

Twins win series, seek sweep of Tribe on Sunday

In 2019, the Twins earned the nickname “Bomba Squad” for the record-setting number of home runs they hit. The Bomba Squad is still intact this season, but hasn’t quite lit up the scoreboard like they did last season. That all changed Saturday, however, after the Twins hit five home runs to blow open a close... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2020

Twins beat Bieber, leapfrog Tribe for 2nd spot in Central

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber, the best pitcher in baseball, brought his undefeated record and scintilla of an ERA to Target Field on Friday to face the Twins. And this time, after the Twins almost beat Bieber the last time they faced each other, they took the early lead and didn’t look back. Byron Buxton... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.