Category: Detroit Tigers

August 16, 2022

Max Kepler is back as Twins win 4-2

Twins right fielder Max Kepler all but disappeared as he struggled to connect with anything during the series against the two teams in Los Angeles. But he came roaring back on Monday at Target Field, collecting three hits in four at bats, including a double, to pace the Twins to a much-needed 4-2 win over... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2022

The Twins have no business losing to the Detroit Tigers

One would think that after a walk-off win on Monday, followed by some pre-game wheeling and dealing to bolster the lineup, that the Twins would emerge from the dugout inspired, a team ready to take on the New York Yankees, let alone the Detroit Tigers. Instead, the Twins took a 2-0 lead over the Tigers... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2022

Twins take 2 from terrible Tigers

The Twins made quick work of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, outscoring Motown 17-5 to sweep the short, two-game series. They are welcome wins and it appears the All-Star break did the Twins some good after their pre-break 11-0 letdown against the Chicago White Sox. Starter Joe Ryan won on Saturday, allowing one run... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2022

Twins lose to Guardians 7-6 after bullpen blows 3-run lead

Any takers out there for reliever Emilio Pagan? I have this vision that the front office tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, otherwise known as Falvey & Co on this blog, were busy working the phones after the Twins’ terrible loss in Cleveland Wednesday night, trying their best to shore up some holes in... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2022

Twins’ Bundy stumbles, winning streak ends at 7 games

The Twins’ Dylan Bundy, who previously pitched for the St. Louis Browns,* returned to the AL East on Friday and barely survived the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bundy’s line to start the game looked like this: double, double, single, home run and a walk before finally getting an out in the inning,... Continue Reading »

October 23, 2021

‘They knew we could be very tough,’ said Tom Kelly 34 years ago this month

A check of Twins Territory on social media shows that, although the Twins are once again not playing meaningful baseball in October, that hasn’t stopped fans from reminiscing about the past, including the team’s run to the World Series in October 1987. I got caught up in it as well, finally watching clips of the... Continue Reading »

July 29, 2021

Hit all the home runs you want, but it means very little if you can’t stop the other team

In the end, it always comes down to good pitching. And the Twins simply do not have enough of it. Despite hitting seven home runs, including another grand slam, and rallying from a 10-0 deficit, Twins pitching couldn’t shut the door on the Detroit Tigers who went on to win 17-14, taking two of three... Continue Reading »

July 11, 2021

Twins win first 3 of 8 games against Tigers

The Twins made it three wins in a row against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, the first three of eight straight games between the two teams. They fell behind by four runs early, then rallied to take the lead after three big innings. Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run home run, Jorge Polanco smashed a three-run... Continue Reading »

January 4, 2021

The day the Twins beat Phil Niekro and the Indians. It meant much more than that, of course

Hall of Fame pitcher and knuckleballer, Phil Niekro, is no longer with us, joining a long and sad list of Hall of Fame baseball players who died in 2020. I guess you could say his death, to quote a Bloomberg news headline, “capped a hellish 2020.” Niekro, who spent most of his career in the... 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.