Category: Jhoan Duran

September 17, 2022

Season-deciding series off to terrible start after Twins cough up lead late, lose

A three-game winning streak and maybe a whole lot more has finally come to an end for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins accomplished their first goal by sweeping three games from the Kansas City Royals this week and pulled within four games of the Cleveland Guardians going into Friday’s game. And Game 1 of the... Continue Reading »

June 24, 2022

Twins get 1-0 win over Guardians as bullpen holds the line

This time the bullpen did its job. Nick Gordon hit a solo home run and four pitchers, including three relievers, stood their ground to preserve the lead and give the Twins a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians. The Twins and Cleveland are once again tied for the lead in the AL Central. Devin Smeltzer... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2022

Twins sweep Royals, improve to 25-16

The Twins almost made me eat my words. After I touted them as a “pretty good team, folks” (see previous post), the Kansas City Royals raced out to a 6-0 lead on Sunday, dashing any chances, or so it appeared, of a three-game sweep. But then the Twins scored five runs in the eighth inning,... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2022

Twins’ Polanco, pitching the difference in 1-0 win over A’s

Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco hit a solo home run and four pitchers made it stand for a 1-0 win over the Oakland A’s on Saturday. Starter Sonny Gray, fresh off the injured list, struck out seven over four innings and the bullpen was just as strong, including fireballer Jhoan Duran, who struck out five... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2022

Twins rip Red Sox, but may have lost Buxton to yet another injury

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan looked great, Miguel Sano finally broke out of a long hitless streak with a home run and the Rod Carew-like Luis Arraez cracked an RBI double to pace the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. But all of that was overshadowed by what happened... 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 »

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.