Category: Joe Ryan

May 22, 2024

Twins blast Nats, losing streak ends at 7 games

Offensively or defensively, it’s always good to have Byron Buxton in the lineup. And on Tuesday, he played the much-needed hero this team so desperately needs, connecting for two home runs and driving in three more to power the Twins to a 10-0 win over the Washington Nationals. More important: the seven-game losing streak is... Continue Reading »

May 6, 2024

Wurst alert: Twins lose, winning streak ends at 12 games

The Twins’ longest winning streak since 1991 came to an end Sunday after the club reverted to its beginning-of-the-season form in which they struggled mightily with their clutch hitting. In this case, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Making things even more difficult is that the bullpen... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2024

Twins make it 8 straight wins with Game 1 victory at Chicago

Back-to-back sweeps and a Game 1 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday has extended the Twins’ winning streak to eight games, the team’s longest since June 2011. Monday’s win wasn’t nearly as explosive as the weekend series with the Angels, the Twins scoring only three runs on four hits. They got a two-run... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2024

Bottom of the order powers Twins to series win over Sox

The Twins won again on Wednesday 6-3 to make it three straight over the visiting Chicago White Sox. And the hitting came from the unlikeliest of places: the bottom of the order where players such as Christian Vazquez, Willi Castro and others have really struggled. But that all changed Wednesday as Vazquez stepped up with... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2024

Signs of life as Twins take 2 from Tigers

A seven-run inning and a solid start from a rookie pitcher helped the Twins put together back to back wins on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers. The Twins have gone from a potentially disconcerting 4-9 record to a much more encouraging 6-7 mark heading into the series finale on Sunday. In... Continue Reading »

April 8, 2024

You know who the Twins miss? Royce Lewis

The Twins are lacking a serious spark in their lineup of late, which explains why the club was 0-for-12 on Thursday and 0-for-11 on Saturday in two losses to the Cleveland Guardians. Saturday’s loss was especially noticeable because the Twins scored one run on two hits. All of this is a reminder that Mr. Clutch,... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2024

Twins denied sweep the hard way. Just ask Bailey Ober

The Twins earned a series win over the Kansas City Royals to start the 2024 regular season, but you’d hardly know it after Sunday’s loss. And it was over in a hurry for the Twins and pitcher Bailey Ober. Ober lasted all of four outs, allowing eight runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three... Continue Reading »

March 21, 2024

What? Me worry?

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only spring training because there are plenty of reasons to be worried about the 2024 Minnesota Twins as the regular season nears. For one, they lost again on Wednesday. Not only did they lose, but the club was blown out 12-3 by the suddenly surging? improved? unbeatable?... Continue Reading »

March 4, 2024

The Twins’ Royce Lewis? All he does is hit grand slams

Twins infielder Royce Lewis continues to show he has an affinity for coming up big in the right moments after he hit another grand slam in the team’s 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. If it was the regular season, it would have been the sixth grand slam of his very young... 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.