Category: Cleveland Indians

August 3, 2020

Forget the bomba squad: How about the Twins’ bullpen squad?

Perhaps this season the Twins will be known for their bullpen and not “bombas.” Reliever Tyler Clippard pitched two scoreless innings, five more relievers limited batters to one run on two hits, and the Twins quieted the Cleveland Indians again for a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Twins took three of four games from the... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2020

When it comes to the Twins and Tribe, good hitting beats good pitching and vice versa

A good-hitting team like the Twins won’t go scoreless for long, and they showed that Friday by flexing their muscles early. Max Kepler and Alex Avila slugged home runs, Eddie Rosario added a bases-clearing double and the Twins held on for a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their four-game series.... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2020

The day Twins bullpen coach Bob McClure was locked in an outhouse

Bob McClure, a former longtime relief pitcher who was named Twins bullpen coach this year (but who later had to step aside due to COVID-19 concerns), fell victim to a prank in the 1970s while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. McClure got his revenge by dishing out an all-timer after he released a dung-covered pig... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2019

Twins inch closer to division title

The worst team in baseball held the Twins scoreless for six innings on Tuesday before the club finally scored in the top of the seventh and beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The Twins’ magic number is now two. If the Twins win Wednesday and the Cleveland Indians lose, the division is theirs. Jake Odorizzi, who... Continue Reading »

September 21, 2019

Dobnak, Twins make it back to back wins over Royals

I say we call him, “The Dobber.” Randy Dobnak, he of the handlebar mustache who signed as a free agent with the Twins in 2017, got the ball on Friday and gave the Twins five-plus innings of three-hit baseball. The Twins scored first, then held on to win 4-3 over the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2019

Twins lose; baseball is weird

The Twins must have expended all their energies on Tuesday night’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox because they went quietly in a 3-1 loss to the South Siders on Wednesday. It’s hard to imagine that a team that has set record after record for home runs this season could muster so little offense,... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2019

Twins win. Now, about those next 12 games…

The Twins are playing extremely well. They are 33 games over .500 after coming from behind to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday, they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and they have a comfortable lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. And that lead will either be 5.5 games or 6.5 games, depending... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2019

The day the Twins win was hardly the story

The Twins have won two of three games, including Sunday’s 8-3 win, against the terrible Detroit Tigers. That’s the headline, I suppose. Behind the scenes, however, there was even bigger news. The team activated cult figure, Willians Astudillo, and defensive superstar, Byron Buxton, from the injured list, and called up a whole mess of players,... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2019

Twins stay hot on the road with win over terrible Tigers

Life on the road continues to be good for the Minnesota Twins. After a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Twins were back in Motown on Friday where they unloaded on the hapless Detroit Tigers to win 13-5 on 14 hits. C.J. Cron and Max Kepler accounted for four... 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.