August 5, 2019

Twins shut out Royals, earn first sweep since late May

Twins rookie starter Devin Smeltzer allowed only two hits over six innings and three relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way to shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday. 

It was the Twins’ eighth sweep of the season and the club’s first since late May when the Twins took three games from the Chicago White Sox.

The Twins are 8-2 in their last 10 games, but the Cleveland Indians also are 7-3 over that span, so the two teams remain separated by three games in the division.

Jake Odorizzi was originally set to pitch Sunday, but the Twins bumped him back a day so that Odo, Jose Berrios and Martin Perez can face a good Atlanta Braves team. 

Strength of schedule has been working against the Twins. While the Twins get the first-place Braves, the Tribe face third-place Texas before the Indians come to Target Field for four games this week.

Once the Cleveland series is over, the Twins get the Brewers, Rangers, South Siders and the terrible Tigers to close out August. The Indians, on the other hand, get the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets. Things are about to even out, Twins fans.

Extra innings…

-There wasn’t a whole lot of scoring in Sunday’s game. It was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when the Twins scored a run, then added two more in the seventh and eighth innings. Jason Castro hit a home run and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs.

-Newly acquired reliever, Sergio Romo, pitched a scoreless inning on six pitches. He struck out a batter and induced two fly outs.

-The news about reliever Sam Dyson is not as good, however. After two lousy appearances since being acquired last week, Dyson has wound up on the injured list with “right biceps tendinitis,” according to The conspiracy theorist in all of us likely is wondering if the San Francisco Giants sent the Twins damaged goods.

Chief Baseball Officer, Derek Falvey, acknowledged to that he was surprised by the injury, but defended the deal to get him.

“He didn’t have any open injuries, and from our medical review and otherwise, we felt good about where he was,” Falvey told “This is something that has probably popped up for him more recently, and I’m not saying just the days he’s been with us, but something that he had to work through. Now, our focus is just trying to get him as healthy as possible.”

-Ace lefty Taylor Rogers picked up his 17th save on Sunday.


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.