April 5, 2017

Twins win! And snap a long losing streak in the process

All is well in Twins land. They won on opening day for the first time since 2008, they won’t start the season 0-9 like last season and maybe, just maybe, free agent catcher Jason Castro will be the team’s saviour after all.

Castro, working with starter Ervin Santana, limited the Kansas City Royals to one run over seven innings, and also contributed two hits and a walk to fuel a decisive 7-1 victory over a team that has dominated the Twins of late.

Miguel Sano also hit his first home run of the season and, perhaps more important, didn’t commit an error; and although Byron Buxton struck out three times, he made two diving catches in the outfield, flashing the leather with the best of them.

Also notable: It wasn’t the Twins’ bullpen getting rocked late in the game, but the other team’s. Royals starter Danny Duffy cruised through six innings and then watched as his bullpen give up six runs the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Twins’ Santana watched as his bullpen held the Royals scoreless.

If there was any concern, it’s that the Twins still are striking out a lot. As a team in Monday’s game, they struck out 11 times, but also drew seven key walks, including two from Robbie Grossman, who continues to show an ability to work pitching counts in his favor.

One win is in the books. Only 161 games to go.

Some reaction to Monday’s win:




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.