August 6, 2018

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I can’t figure this team out: The Twins swept the Toronto Blue Jays, lost both series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and won Sunday to sweep those pesky Kansas City Royals. So, will this team put it all together or not?

If this team has flipped a switch, they’ve done it at the right time because they now head to Cleveland to play a four-game set. Sweep that series and the Twins are in it, for sure.

Meanwhile, the Twins beat the Royals 6-5 on Sunday. The Twins scored six runs on 11 hits, getting two hits apiece from Robbie Grossman (who hurt himself in Sunday’s game), Miguel Sano, newcomer Logan Forsythe and Max Kepler. But the big blow came when outfielder Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam home run.

Ervin Santana again didn’t figure in Sunday’s decision, so reliever Gabriel Moya picked up his second win and closer Fernando Rodney now has 24 saves.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Monday.

Extra innings…

-After Sunday’s win, the Twins improved to 6-6 this season against the Royals.

-The Twins play four games at Cleveland, then stay on the road to play three games at Detroit. Then they come home to play two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, four more against the Tigers and three against the White Sox, one of which is a makeup game at home, followed by two games on the road. All of these are winnable games, right?



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.