August 28, 2019

Twins win 80th game, maintain lead in AL Central

Minnesota hit two home runs, Michael Pineda struck out eight batters over five innings and the Twins held on for the 3-1 win over Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The win was the Twins’ 80th of the season. Cleveland also won Tuesday night, so Minnesota’s lead in the American League Central still stands at 3.5 games.

Pale Hose pitcher, Giolito, shut out the Twins in his last appearance against the club and he pitched nearly as well Tuesday. He struck out nine over six innings, but served up two solo shots to the Twins’ Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop in the second inning. The South Siders responded with a run in the fourth, then the Twins’ Eddie Rosario, back in the lineup after missing a few games due to a hamsting problem, hit an RBI single.

After Pineda exited, the bullpen delivered four scoreless innings. Sergio Romo struck out the side in the eighth on 14 pitches and ace lefty, Taylor Rogers, earned his 21st save.

Pineda improved to 10-5 with a 4.16 ERA. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are 80-51.

-The Twins need to sweep the White Sox to keep pace with the Indians because the Tribe refuse to lose to the terrible Detroit Tigers. After Tuesday’s 10-1 win, the Indians are now 13-1 against the Tigers this season.

-It wasn’t all good news on Tuesday: Twins outfielder extraordinaire, Byron Buxton, who has been on the injured list for a left shoulder injury, had to cut short his rehab assignment after experiencing more pain, according to

Buxton underwent an MRI on his left shoulder Tuesday morning, and it revealed no structural damage. The 25-year-old will join the team in Chicago on Wednesday to be re-evaluated.

-A little more than 12,000 fans showed up Tuesday night to watch Twins/White Sox at Guranteed Rate Field.


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.