Category: Gio Urshela

May 16, 2022

A little ‘small ball,’ a little power helps Twins take series from Guardians

The Twins put the game in motion early and added a couple of solo home runs after that to beat the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday and win the series. The “small ball” looked like this: A Luis Arraez walk, a steal of second base and then Max Kepler singled him home to take a 1-0... Continue Reading »

May 11, 2022

What is it about the Houston Astros?

Ever since Houston pitcher Framber Valdez pitched five innings of scoreless relief to beat the Twins in Game 1 of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series, the Twins seem to wilt in the presence of the Astros. And the wilting continued Tuesday night after Justin Verlander and a reliever three-hit the Twins to win... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2022

Byron Buxton AL MVP? Yes, I’m ready to believe

When the Twins extended Byron Buxton’s contract, it struck me as a very team-friendly deal. Although laden with incentives, it seemed that Buxton wouldn’t meet any of them because of his past struggles with injuries. For example, if he wins MVP, the Twins owe him an additional $8 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. After... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2022

1 run the difference as Twins lose home opener

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan made one mistake on Friday, serving up a first-inning two-run home run that would stand for the remainder of the game, ending in a 2-1 win for the Seattle Mariners. Otherwise, Ryan and three relievers pitched pretty well, striking out 11 batters and limiting the M’s to just two runs... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2022

The starters did their job, the bullpen did not in final tune up for Twins

The Twins’ starting lineup and starting pitching did just fine on Tuesday, cranking out five extra-base hits, including three home runs, and limited the Boston Red Sox to just one run through five innings. As the veteran players were cycled out of the lineup and manager Rocco Baldelli went deeper into the bullpen, the Sox... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2022

Twins win again, blast Browns 8-2 on Sunday

Twins hitting and pitching continues to excel, leading the team to an 8-2 win over the St. Louis Browns* on Sunday. Newly acquired pitcher Sonny Gray was perfect over four innings, allowing no hits, no runs and no walks with six strikeouts. He appears to be ready for the regular season and so do the... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2022

Carlos Correa fine in debut, Twins bench even better

A real-deal Twins lineup took the field on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, including shortstop Carlos Correa, who made a fine spring debut with a nice play at short and a single at the plate. The other starters were just as good: Miguel Sano singled, Gary Sanchez earned two free passes and Gio Urshela... Continue Reading »

March 24, 2022

Finally, signs of life from the Twins’ ‘A Team’

So far I’ve been more impressed with the Twins’ “B team” than the “A team” during exhibition play. The B squad, of course, features a lineup of youngsters and unfamiliar names that likely won’t start the season with the Twins. Still, they rapped out eight hits and scored eight runs in a 10-8 loss to... Continue Reading »

March 20, 2022

Twins top Gray, Sanchez, Urshela trades with 3-year deal to get Carlos Correa

Days after landing pitcher Sonny Gray, catcher Gary Sanchez and infielder Gio Urshela, the Twins pulled off an even bigger blockbuster overnight Saturday, agreeing to a three-year $105.3 million deal to get free agent shortstop Carlos Correa, according to various reports. “The top free agent of the winter goes to Minnesota in a stunner,” ESPN’S... 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.