August 28, 2017

Twins take series from Blue Jays thanks to Byron Buxton

The Twins currently are without star slugger Miguel Sano, first-rate pitch-framer and catcher Jason Castro and pitchers Phil Hughes, Hector Santiago, Adalberto Mejia and Trevor May.

But at least they have center fielder Byron Buxton.

Buxton, like pitcher Jose Berrios, finally is beginning to emerge into the star everyone thought he could be. His defensive skills and fleetness of foot were never in question: The guy can field his position like few can and he runs like the wind. He struggled mightily at the plate to start the season, yet his defensive skills protected his job with the Twins.

But slowly, just like last season, his hitting came around, and on Sunday, as if to announce his arrival, Buxton hit three home runs to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2. Buxton hit home runs 11, 12 and 13. He’s finally got his season batting average up to .250 (a reminder of just how long he struggled at the plate), but he’s also hitting .330 in the past 30 days.

Buxton needs to stay hot, the Twins need to sweep the Chicago White Sox at home this week and hopefully Sano and Castro are back and healthy for the final month of the regular season.

Extra innings…

-The Twins continue to hold on to the second wild card position in the American League, and they even picked up a little breathing room Sunday after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners both lost. The Twins now lead both clubs by one and a half games.

A few more photos from our trip to Minnesota:



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.