May 25, 2019

The wrecking crew known as the Twins rolls on

The Twins returned home to play the Chicago White Sox Friday night and they didn’t disappoint.

Backed by nine extra-base hits (six doubles and three more home runs) the Twins took an early lead, surrendered it and then slugged their way to an 11-4 comeback win. The Twins have now hit 101 home runs in the first 50 games of the season, according to

“The way these games are playing out, we just try to keep it rolling,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli told “We try to keep doing what we’re doing. We don’t get caught up in a lot of the things going on. It’s good it’s being talked about because it has been impressive and guys are doing a great job. But in the clubhouse, it’s more about how do we do it again the next game.”

Eddie Rosario hit his 15th home run of the season, Max Kepler connected for his 11th and Miguel Sano hit his fifth dinger since rejoining the team a week ago. Now that’s scary.

The night belonged to Rosario and Kepler. Rosie went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs and Kepler had three hits in four at bats and drove in four runs.

Starter Jose Berrios got into trouble early, largely because of a Jorge Polanco throwing error, but he settled down and pitched six-plus innings to improve to 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA. Berrios gave up four runs, but only one run was earned.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are 34-16.

-Twins fans finally showed up at Target Field. About 30,000 attended Friday’s game.

-Twins reliever Austin Adams, who got roughed up at the end of Thurday’s Angels game, has been designated for assignment. In his place, the Twins called up Zack Littell, who pitched two innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts Friday night.

-Old friend Ervin Santana, who spent four seasons with the Twins and won 16 games in 2017, has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

-And in news I forgot to mention, the Twins have released relief pitcher Addison Reed.

And to think Nelson Cruz hasn’t been in the lineup.


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.