May 15, 2024

Say it one more time: It’s the Yankees, Twins fans

Last season the Twins won a season series over the New York Yankees for the first time since 2001.

Think about that for a moment: they finally won a series for the FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS.

As much as I would like that to continue — and the Twins have two more games against Gotham to make things right — history has shown that their rivalry overwhelmingly favors the Pinstripers.

And so it was on Tuesday as the Yankees visited Target Field for the first time in 2024. The Twins’ Ryan Jeffers scored the game’s first run on his team-leading 10th dinger, the Yanks countered with five runs of their own, including a home run from Giancarlo Stanton, and that was the ballgame, a 5-1 win for Gotham.

The Twins have a fairly formidable lineup if Royce Lewis and Byron Buxton are healthy, but get a load of the Yanks’ battery: It begins with Volpe, Soto, Judge, followed by Verdugo, Stanton and Rizzo. Sheesh.

Pablo Lopez gets the ball Wednesday. We could really use some sausage power in this series. You know what I’m talking about.

Extra innings…

-The Yankees scored their five runs on 13 hits, which means every Yankee in the lineup had a hit.

-The Twins’ Chris Paddack served up 12 of those hits, including a home run, over five innings. He allowed five runs, walked two and struck out four. He’s now 4-2 with a 4.89 ERA.

-Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodon, who had a disastrous 2023 campaign, continues to rebound from that experience. He’s now 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA. He allowed a run over six innings with no walks and six whiffs.

-It’s a good thing the Twins have a found a way to win without the need for those who came to Minnesota in the Jorge Polanco trade because that deal has really blown up on them.

They’ve already lost pitcher Anthony DeSclafani for the year and now it appears that reliever Justin Topa is done, done, done, according to MLB.com.

From the MLB.com story:

“An MRI had revealed a 25 percent tear of the patellar tendon in his left knee — and though there’s a surgical option that Topa might still eventually need, he and the Twins are hoping that a platelet-rich plasma injection will allow him to salvage this season after an upcoming six-week period of rest that he will need as the next step in his recovery.”

Done, dude.

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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.