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May 24, 2021

Twins snap extra-innings losing streak with 8-5 win over Tribe

Finally. After falling to 0-8 in extra-innings, the Twins once again found themselves in the 10th inning, tied at 5-5 against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. But this time they were unbowed. Luis Arraez took his place at second base, Josh Donaldson earned a free pass to first base, then Kyle Garlick worked a full... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2021

What would former Twins manager Billy Martin do?

I’m tired of waiting. I’m tried of waiting on the defensive shift and the interminable number of “out” pitches that pitchers seem to throw. I’m tired of waiting on the hitters as they wait for the right pitch to hit. In fact, I’m tired of waiting for the game to come to the Minnesota Twins... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2021

For the Twins, a step forward and two steps back

The Twins won Game 1 of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, only to lose on Saturday. The Twins lost more than the game as well after the club announced that Byron Buxton has landed on the 10-day injured list. It also sounds as if rookie Alex Kirilloff’s wrist problem might be... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2021

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose in spectacular fashion — again

Sixty-nine years ago Red Smith, the Dean of all American sportswriters, went to his typewriter (or so I presume) and tapped out the most famous sports lede of all time after the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a ball into the left field stands at the Polo Grounds off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca.... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2021

Twins go in search of offense and can’t find it in loss to Pirates

The Twins have split the first two games of their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins scored two runs on five hits to shut out the Bucs on Friday because J.A. Happ allowed only one hit over seven-plus innings. Otherwise, a five-hit game is not ideal. On Saturday, the Twins couldn’t... Continue Reading »

April 12, 2021

Colome terrible, Twins lose

A six-run lead slowly unraveled and finally fell apart for the Twins on Sunday after reliever Alex Colome served up a three-run home run, turning a 6-5 Twins lead into an 8-6 Seattle Mariners win. Watching the game on TV, it appeared that no matter what Colome threw, Mariner hitters were going to put the... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2021

Nelson Cruz… what’s left to say?

As if we needed another reminder, Nelson Cruz, the 40-year-old designated hitter for the Twins, seems to only get better with age. How good was he on Monday? He was so good that when he failed to connect on an opposite field grand slam, he hit the next pitch for a grand slam anyway. Cruz... Continue Reading »

March 18, 2021

Make that 2 Twins pitching duds in a row

Twins pitcher Jose Berrios appears to have started something. After a scintillating start to exhibition play, Berrios finally turned in a stinker on Tuesday and allowed four runs on eight hits for his first loss in Grapefruit League action. Perhaps “stinker” is not the right word because allowing four runs is certainly not the end... Continue Reading »

March 3, 2021

Braves blank Twins, Thorpe looks sharp in debut

The Twins fell to 2-1 on the young start to exhibition play after the Atlanta Braves shut out the club 6-0 on Tuesday. It appears that Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli, went with youth on the mound and they didn’t fare so well, allowing 11 hits, including four extra-base hits, over seven innings. Braves pitching, meanwhile,... 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.