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 set a new single-season record for second baseman in the American League. He also has tied Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles for the major league lead in homers. Despite the additional dingers, the Twins lost 9-6 on Wednesday.

More disturbing, though, is that potential front office candidates for president of baseball operations and general manager are turning the Twins down. Former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Oakland GM David Forst both declined to be interviewed, and Alex Anthopoulos, the former GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, also took a pass.

That leaves Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo, who apparently has already met with the Twins, and the following executives with the Cubs also have been mentioned: Jason McLeod, Shiraz Rehman and Jared Porter.

Extra innings…

-After Wednesday’s loss, the Twins fell to 54-92.

-The Twins have yet to commit an error in three games against the Tigers.

-The Twins have a win-loss record of 7-8 versus the Mets.

Hector Santiago gets the ball on Thursday.



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.