June 18, 2023

Ho-hum. Twins edge Tigers, 2-0

Coming into this four-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Twins had a chance to sweep Motown, then take the series from them and now the best they can do is earn a split of the four games after they won 2-0 on Saturday.

There were no fireworks in this one. The Twins had three hits and so did the Tigers, but it was the Twins who came up with the slimmest of run-scoring opportunities. Alex Kirilloff knocked in a run and Michael A. Taylor did the same with a bloop double and that was it.

The Twins went with an “opener” on Saturday, sending reliever Jose De Leon to the mound to start the game. He was followed by five more of his peers who kept the Tigers in check. The win went to reliever Brent Headrick, the save to Jhoan Duran, his ninth.

Louie Varland gets the ball Sunday.

Extra innings …

-We need to talk about Byron Buxton. He returned to the lineup from the injured list and has promptly had a terrible series against the Motor City. He is so far 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts.

-Buxton’s return meant that Trevor Larnach was sent to Triple-A St. Paul. The Twins have to justify paying Buxton $15 million a season, so it makes sense that he would be quickly inserted back into the lineup. However, the Twins need to find room for Larnach. He is much more patient at the plate, he has the second most team RBI with 31 and he is among the team leaders in walks. Send somebody else down, Rocco.

-Ex-Twin Luis Arraez now has two, five-hit games this season. On Friday, he went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI to beat the Washington Nationals, 6-5. Arraez continues to hit near .400 at .390. The Marlins are 40-31, while the Twins are back to a game over .500 at 36-35. Just saying.

-How often do the San Francisco Giants clobber their arch-rival the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium? Not often, but it happened Saturday after the G-men unloaded on the Dodgers, 15-0. The Giants scored 15 runs, all from the fifth inning on, on 17 hits. They were 9-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Now that’s how you do it, Twins fans.

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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.