May 19, 2022

Lewis isn’t going to replace Carlos Correa just yet

Twins Territory wasn’t very happy overnight after we learned Royce Lewis had been sent to Triple-A St. Paul to make room for Carlos Correa and his return to the lineup after spending 10 days on the injured list.

Correa certainly didn’t waste any time showing us that he is still the Big Man On Campus after he singled, doubled, scored two runs, drove in a run and walked to help the Twins coast to a 14-4 win over the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.

The Twins scored 14 runs on 14 hits and were a very refreshing 10-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Luis Arraez also had a big day with three hits, including two doubles, and Gary Sanchez drove in three runs.

Starter Sonny Gray made a quality start and improved to 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA.

Devin Smeltzer gets the ball Friday in Kansas City.

Extra innings…

-We’re probably going to be seeing more of Smeltzer now that Chris Paddack has been lost to Tommy John surgery.

-The Twins have a 3.5 game lead in the AL Central, but they might really bust it open because they play the two weakest teams in the division over the next several days. Beginning Friday, they play three at Kansas City, then come home to play the Tigers and Royals again, then they hit the road to play the Tigers again.

-Discovered an error on the “today in baseball history” portion of the Baseball-Reference.com website. It says that on May 18, 1962, the Twins walloped the Cleveland Indians 14-3 after Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison each hit a grand slam in the first inning. That did happen, except it took place on July 18, 1962. Two grand slams contributed to an 11-run first inning.

Cleveland pitcher Barry Latman could not get an out in the first inning before his day was done, and then Jim Perry, who would join the Twins the following season, gave the Tribe seven innings of relief, but still allowed eight runs.

I wanted to see how the Minneapolis Tribune covered the game, but for some reason the May, June and July editions of the paper for 1962 are not available on newspapers.com.

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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.