Category: Ervin Santana

November 2, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Ervin Santana

Starting pitcher Ervin Santana is a free agent after the Twins took a pass on a $14 million club option for his services and bought out his contract for a fraction of that amount, according to MLB.com. There’s always a chance he could return to the Twins as a free agent, but that doesn’t seem... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2018

Twins avoid sweep, beat Royals 9-6

The Twins on Sunday avoided the four-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals by scoring nine runs on 18 hits, including four home runs. Jorge Polanco had four hits, newcomer Johnny Field had four hits, and Field, Tyler Austin, Polanco and Max Kepler each hit a home run. Kepler hit his 19th... Continue Reading »

August 6, 2018

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I can’t figure this team out: The Twins swept the Toronto Blue Jays, lost both series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and won Sunday to sweep those pesky Kansas City Royals. So, will this team put it all together or not? If this team has flipped a switch, they’ve done it at... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2018

Amid a flurry of deals, a walk-off win for the Twins

Despite losing two more players to other teams, the Twins appeared unfazed in their return to Target Field and beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, in Game 1 of their three-game series. The Twins might be 3-6 versus the Kansas City Royals this season, but they are 7-3 against the Tribe. Ervin Santana continues to work... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2018

The sweep is complete! Now, about those Boston Red Sox…

I’ll confess: I wasn’t optimistic about the Twins’ chances against the Toronto Blue Jays, a team they have historically struggled to beat. But the Twins proved me wrong (Have a little faith, right?) after they blasted the Blue Jays on Wednesday and swept the three-game series. It was the Twins’ first sweep of the Blue... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2018

Hang on, these Twins aren’t done just yet

A three-game sweep of the Twins at the hands of the Kansas City Royals had me predicting that the season was just about over, especially if they struggled at all on their current road trip. But that has not happened. Instead, the Twins crossed the border and crushed the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, then... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2018

Color me surprised: Twins pound Toronto

The Twins will not go gently into that good night after they shook off a three-game sweep and pounded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, 8-3. The offense kicked it into gear and scored eight runs on 13 hits, including home runs from Logan Morrison and Max Kepler. Joe Mauer and Mitch Garver also had... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2018

How not to start the second half: Getting swept by the Royals

The 2018 season didn’t end for the Twins on Sunday, July 22, after they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. But there’s a good chance it ends this week now that they have to face the Blue Jays, Boston and Cleveland over the next 10 days. If they should continue to stumble, it is... Continue Reading »

July 16, 2018

Twins walk-off in style to end season’s first half

Sunday’s Twins-Rays game had a little bit of everything. It had a balk, four intentional base on balls, two batters hit by pitches and a player ejection. It also had 15 pitchers, 24 hits, 18 runs and one big home run delivered by the Twins’ Brian Dozier. With the bases loaded in the bottom of... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

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.