Category: Byron Buxton

April 16, 2024

Not sure the Twins’ Louie Varland is a starting pitcher

As much as I want to see Twins pitcher Louie Varland succeed in the big leagues, I’m just not sure he is suited to the role of starting pitcher after he lost again Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4. Although he didn’t walk a single batter and struck out six, he still served up... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2024

3 runs on 6 hits isn’t much, but I’m sure the Twins will take it

The Twins shook off their losing ways on Wednesday and found a touch more offense to finally beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 and salvage the last game of the three-game series. The Big Bopper was Eddie Julien, who had a 3-for-4 day at the plate, including two home runs, plus three runs scored and... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2024

Twins’ Ober shows improvement in loss to Dodgers

Starter Bailey Ober gave the Twins a much improved outing on Monday, and the bullpen wasn’t that bad either, but if all you can muster is three hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t expect to win. And they didn’t, the Twins losing 4-2 to the team from Los Angeles. They are now 1-7 against... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2024

Twins fall to .500. At least they’re not the Marlins

The Twins lost their home opener to the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, 4-2. Both teams had the same number of hits (7) and both teams each committed one error, but look at hitting with runners in scoring position and that’s where you can throw the similarities out the window. It’s not like the Guards put... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2024

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally to beat Brewers with 5-run inning

Through the first four games of the new season, the Twins were averaging 2.75 runs per game, the kind of run-scoring that isn’t going to win you many games. But that all changed Wednesday as the Twins scored seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run inning that quickly erased a one-run deficit and propelled... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2024

Twins denied sweep the hard way. Just ask Bailey Ober

The Twins earned a series win over the Kansas City Royals to start the 2024 regular season, but you’d hardly know it after Sunday’s loss. And it was over in a hurry for the Twins and pitcher Bailey Ober. Ober lasted all of four outs, allowing eight runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three... Continue Reading »

March 24, 2024

Twins fall to 8-17. Does it matter?

The Twins finally lost a see-saw game to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. They took an early lead, they gave up that lead, and then they pulled ahead, only to fall behind after serving up a grand slam. And then a Boston reliever, who couldn’t throw strikes to save his life, made things very... Continue Reading »

March 17, 2024

Rod Carew, 1970

Another addition to my growing collection of Twins memorabilia is a Rod Carew baseball card from 1970, which appears to show him on the road at Yankee Stadium, if I’m not mistaken. Carew’s career numbers versus the Yankees, like most teams he faced, were sensational. He slashed .331/.396/.447 against the Pinstripers with 222 hits. But... Continue Reading »

March 10, 2024

Twins beat Yankees, which always feels good to say

The Twins’ Byron Buxton had an all-world day on Saturday. He hit two triples, a home run, scored three runs and drove in four more to pace Minnesota to a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees. In addition to Buck’s three hits, the team came up with 16 more, including three hits apiece from... Continue Reading »

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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.