April 22, 2019

Twins pad lead just in time because Houston awaits

The Twins swept the sad-sack Baltimore Orioles, moved five games above .500 and have a one-game lead on the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe were blown out by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The timing couldn’t be better for the Twins because now they’re going to get their first real test of the season when they travel to Houston for the first game of a three-game set. Over those three games, the Twins will face Brad Peacock, Wade Miley and Justin Verlander, who already is 3-0 on the young season.

The Twins will counter with Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda; the third starter has yet to be announced. Odorizzi is coming off a 4-1 defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays and is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five career starts against the Astros, according to AP.

Odorizzi won his first game last week and Kyle Gibson did the same on Sunday, defeating the Orioles, 4-3. Gibson struck out six over six innings, allowing five hits and two runs, both earned.

After the Twins smashed 11 home runs on Saturday, there were no long balls hit on Sunday. The Twins scored four runs on nine hits, getting extra-base hits from Willians Astudillo, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco.

Extra innings…

-If it all goes badly for the Twins in Houston, at least they have this to look forward to: the Orioles come to Target Field Friday.

 

April 21, 2019

Twins smash 11 home runs, blast Orioles in doubleheader

After a day off Friday due to rain, the Twins worked off the rust in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Once the bats were warm, then they really went to work. Nelson Cruz started things off with a two-run home run in Game 2 and the Twins... Continue Reading »

April 20, 2019

Big innings haunt Twins in series loss to Blue Jays

The Twins dropped three of four games to the Toronto Blue Jays, making it the club’s second series loss of the young season. And each loss to the Jays shows the team couldn’t escape the big inning. In Game 1, it was a four-run eighth; in Game 2, it was a four-run sixth; in Game... Continue Reading »

April 17, 2019

The first losing streak of the season is here

The Twins have their first losing streak of the season after they dropped the first two of four games with the Toronto Blue Jays. Why do the Twins keep scheduling AL East teams? Best Record by AL Visitors at Target Field.677 — Yankees (21-10).667 — Blue Jays (22-11).667 — Rays (22-11).556 — Red Sox (15-12).553... Continue Reading »

April 15, 2019

Twins improve to 6-1 vs. AL Central

Two of three wins over the Cleveland Indians, two wins at Kansas City and now two wins against the Detroit Tigers has contributed to a Twins record of 8-4, including 6-1 so far versus their divisional foes. The Twins scored six runs on 14 hits in their win over the Tigers on Sunday, but it... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2019

Back home and back in the win column

After an ugly loss to the New York Mets, and an off day due to snow (of course), the Twins took advantage of some base on balls and strung together enough singles to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday. The Twins didn’t have an extra-base hit, but still made the most of five singles... Continue Reading »

April 10, 2019

Twins crush deGrom, Mets

The Twins ended two pitching streaks in a hurry Tuesday night. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom came into Tuesday’s game with a scoreless inning and quality start streak, but both were gone in a flash after the Twins hit six home runs en route to a blowout win. When it was all over, the... Continue Reading »

April 7, 2019

Power display helps Twins even series with Phillies

The Twins hit three home runs, Byron Buxton threw out Bryce Harper at the plate and team pitching was much improved to help the club even its series with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Speedy outfielder Buxton scored the first run of the game on a Jake Arrieta wild pitch, then... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2019

Another game, another win for the Twins over the Royals

The 2019 season already feels so different. The Twins suffered 15 walk-off losses last season, but after two wins over the Kansas City Royals, the team has shown plenty of resiliency. They took the lead in both games, then fell behind, then rallied for two wins. Meanwhile, the bullpen did not disappoint, nailing down both... 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.