May 26, 2018

Twins’ Romero pitches well in loss to Mariners

Fernando Romero struck out seven in seven innings and limited the Seattle Mariners to two runs Friday night, but M’s starter James Paxton was just a little better after he struck out 11 batters in a 2-1 victory.

The Twins mustered four hits and Max Kepler had two of them, including his seventh home run of the season.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-While the Twins and Mariners were locked in a pitchers’ duel, the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen had a terrible night. Corey Kluber, the defending AL Cy Young award winner, pitched six-plus scoreless innings against the Houston Astros, then handed the ball to the bullpen. And the bullpen imploded, giving up 11 earned runs in two-plus innings. Ouch. The final score: 11-2, Houston.

-Every team in the AL Central has a losing record.

-Miguel Sano has finally returned to the lineup after an extended stay on the disabled list. He played first base and struck out three times Friday night.

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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.