Category: Emilio Pagan

December 3, 2023

We hardly knew ye, Sonny, Kenta and Emilio

Two starting pitchers and one reliever are moving on from the Twins, the trio agreeing to free agent deals with the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. Sonny Gray made the biggest splash, and no doubt was helped by his runner-up finish in the AL Cy Young award, by landing a 3-year, $75... Continue Reading »

October 1, 2023

Make sure the Twins’ youth movement is part of postseason play

The Twins’ youth movement, otherwise known as the rookies and young players who have stepped up in Byron Buxton’s absence and Carlos Correa’s down year at the plate, stepped up again big time in the team’s win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Oregon State man Trevor Larnach hit a grand slam, Matt Wallner hit... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2023

Twins swept by Brewers. Here comes Texas, folks

A key error, an infield hit and that was all the Milwaukee Brewers needed in the end to walk-off the Twins in extra innings 8-7 and sweep the two-game series. The Cleveland Guardians were idle on Wednesday because their game against the Dodgers was suspended because of rain. It is now set to resume Thursday... Continue Reading »

August 19, 2023

Strong pitching, bloop hits earn Twins a Game 1 win over Bucs

The Twins were slow to start on Friday, but they finally got on the board with a two-run home run, then tacked on three more runs via some unlikely RBI hits to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1. That was more than enough runs for Twins pitching. Starter Pablo Lopez pitched six shutout innings, Griffin Jax... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2023

Reliever Jax has terrible inning, Twins lose 8-7

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had to turn to the bullpen early in Wednesday’s game after starter Kenta Maeda burned through 87 pitches in four innings. Maeda exited with a 4-3 lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Twins got a scoreless inning from Dylan Floro, the same from Emilio Pagan and then Griffin Jax blew it... Continue Reading »

August 14, 2023

Twins win 3-0 to take series from Phillies

Well, call it what it is: a two-game winning streak and a series win for the Twins over the Philadelphia Phillies. This one belonged to the pitching staff. Starter Sonny Gray pitched six scoreless innings with three walks and seven strikeouts, then a relief corps of Griffin Jax, Caleb Thielbar, Emilio Pagan and Jhoan Duran... Continue Reading »

August 10, 2023

On second thought …

Despite the series win over the St. Louis Cardinals and the sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I am going to stick with my original prediction that August is going to present some real challenges for the Twins. I feel more confident in saying that after the team, which should really (by now) be able to... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2023

Winning streak comes to an end as whiffs galore, bullpen sink Twins

The Twins’ four-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday as the offense went cold and the bullpen underwhelmed to hand the Seattle Mariners a 9-7 win. And although Michael A. Taylor hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, there was no walk-off magic after back-to-back games of... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2023

Here comes the rooster: Twins earn sweep with walk-off win in 12th

For eight-plus innings, fans witnessed an all too familiar Twins team, one that struggled to hit with runners in scoring position and left too many men on base. But in the bottom of the ninth, the Twins finally found some offense, scoring three runs to tie the game at 3-3 and force extra innings. They... Continue Reading »

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.