Category: Harmon Killebrew

May 9, 2022

Twins sweep A’s, improve to 7-3 in 1-run games

The Twins keep winning by the smallest of margins and they did it again Sunday to sweep the Oakland A’s 4-3. The club rallied from an early deficit with a three-run third inning, then the bullpen, which has been terrific, allowed only two hits the rest of the way. Reliever Caleb Thielbar struck out the... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2022

Twins smash 6 home runs, get first win of 2022

After two near misses to start the season, the 0-2 Twins made Game 3 a laugher, hitting six home runs, including a grand slam, to win 10-4 over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Twins now have a chance to even the series on Monday. Monstruoso.#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/0Cw1BJmsux — Twins Brasil šŸ‡§šŸ‡·āš¾ (@TwinsBrasil) April 10, 2022... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2022

Twins top Rays, look very, very good as new season approaches

Nick Gordon homered and tripled, lefty Devin Smeltzer pitched four scoreless innings to earn his second win of spring and the Twins rolled the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Saturday to improve to 7-9 in Grapefruit League action. The Twins continue to hit and pitch well, and if that continues… well, that’s the name of... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2021

Jays chase Twins’ Farrell, back Berrios with 5 runs in win

Sunday’s rubber match against the Toronto Blue Jays ended almost as quickly as it began. Reliever Luke Farrell got the nod for the Twins and his one inning of work went like this: strikeout, double, single, home run, single, single, single, single and his day was done. He allowed five runs on seven straight hits,... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2021

Bats fall silent again as Twins lose to Tampa

The Twins suddenly can’t score more than three runs. The Twins won 3-2 on Aug. 30, followed by losses of 3-1, 3-0 and 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. On the mound for the Twins, Randy Dobnak, who made his first appearance in two months because of a finger strain, according to MLB.com.... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2021

The highs and lows of life after baseball for Harmon Killebrew

Toward the end of Harmon Killebrew’s career, Calvin Griffith, the penny-pinching Twins owner who had backed Killebrew in 1959 for a full-time chance to play with the Washington Senators, now looked for a way not to pay Killebrew as much heading into the 1975 season, according to “Ultimate Slugger,” the 2012 biography of the man... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2021

Joe Ryan pitches well in debut, but Twins hitters don’t return the favor

Top pitching prospect Joe Ryan made his Twins debut on Wednesday and looked pretty good. He made one mistake, allowing a three-run home run in the third inning, but otherwise struck out five over five innings with one walk on 89 pitches — 60 of them for strikes. Unfortunately, Ryan took the loss because the... Continue Reading »

September 1, 2021

Once Killebrew had a full-time job, the home runs came in bunches

It was under Calvin Griffith that Harmon Killebrew landed a full-time role with the Washington Senators and eventual Twins, hitting 73 home runs over the final two seasons of Senators baseball in Washington, D.C. From 1959 until 1970, Killebrew would hit 40 or more home runs eight times, including 48 in 1962 and 49 in... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2021

Once in Ontario, Harmon Killebrew country is just across the Snake River

We arrived in Ontario, Oregon on Sunday and finally made our way to Payette, Idaho Monday morning. You head east across the Snake River, pass through the town of Fruitland and the unmistakable smell of onions (onion supplier Dickinson Frozen Foods is based in Fruitland), then you turn north toward Payette. We kept our eyes... Continue Reading »

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Hi, Iā€™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.