April 29, 2021

Give more speeches, Rocco

After Tuesday’s terrible Twins loss, manager Rocco Baldelli addressed the club after the game. And whatever he said, worked, because the Twins stepped on the gas early in Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and never looked back.

And no one was more impressive than Byron Buxton, who went 5-for-5 at the top of the order, including two doubles and a home run, to pace a 13-hit attack and a 10-2 win over the Tribe. The Twins needed this win badly and they got it.

The Twins gave starter J.A. Happ more than enough to work with. They hit three home runs in the first inning, then added three more throughout the game. And Happ didn’t disappoint, suddenly elevating himself from also-ran to ace after he allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. Randy Dobnak also pitched two innings of scoreless baseball to wrap up the win.

Big Mike gets the ball Friday at home against the Kansas City Royals.

Extra innings…

-The Twins now return for a seven-game home stand versus the Royals and Texas Rangers.

-Who hit the home runs on Wednesday? Buxton, Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Willians Astudillo and Mitch Garver, who hit two deep shots to left field.

-Happ is now 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA.

-Old friend watch: Reliever Trevor May, now of the New York Mets, struck out the side in the eighth on Wednesday, but the Metropolitans still lost 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox.


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.