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April 9, 2024

Twins’ Ober shows improvement in loss to Dodgers

Starter Bailey Ober gave the Twins a much improved outing on Monday, and the bullpen wasn’t that bad either, but if all you can muster is three hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t expect to win. And they didn’t, the Twins losing 4-2 to the team from Los Angeles. They are now 1-7 against... Continue Reading »

March 18, 2024

Tony Oliva, 1966

The final (for now) addition to my Twins baseball card collection is this 1967 card that shows the American League batting leaders for 1966: Frank Robinson, Tony Oliva and Al Kaline. Oliva would hit .307 that season and lead the AL with 191 hits. He got off to a red-hot start and by early May... Continue Reading »

October 8, 2023

No need to pitch to Yordan Alvarez, Rocco

It’s time to walk Houston’s Yordan Alvarez every time he comes to the plate. That might sound extreme, but Alvarez, who haunted the Seattle Mariners during last year’s postseason play, is up to his old tricks by hitting key home runs. He hit a two-run blast to give the Houston Astros a 3-0 lead, then... Continue Reading »

May 7, 2023

At least Max Kepler can hit home runs in Cleveland

When the Twins are in Cleveland, make sure right fielder Max Kepler is in the lineup. Kepler has hit his 15th and 16th career home runs in the Twins’ current series against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. His two-run blast on Friday was all the scoring the Twins needed with Bailey Ober on the... Continue Reading »

April 8, 2023

Hero Farmer wins it for Twins in 10th inning

The Twins tied the game in the sixth inning on a wild pitch, then finally came through with the bats late to get a 3-2 walk-off win over the Houston Astros during Friday’s home opener at Target Field. Despite rapping 11 hits, the runs were hard to come by, largely because the team went 2-for-11... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2021

The real 2021 Twins finally showed up on the last day of the season

The team I think we all knew the Twins could be, a team that would make an immediate impact with its hitting, pitching and bullpen, finally showed up on Oct. 3, 2021, the final game of the season. It was hard not to feel that way watching them play on Sunday. Luis Arraez, the best... 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 21, 2021

Twins drop doubleheader to A’s

Waylaid by COVID-19, and likely distracted by the momentous news out of Minneapolis, the Twins went quietly on Tuesday, dropping a doubleheader to the Oakland A’s. A check of box scores for both games shows there wasn’t nearly enough offense and too many mistakes. In Game 1, Twins pitching issued seven base on balls, had... Continue Reading »

March 14, 2021

Twins pitching still stellar, but where’s the hitting?

Five Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, once again demonstrating that the Twins appear to be more than ready on the mound. The only problem? Rays pitching was almost as good, limiting the Twins to just four hits. Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak, aka the Dobber, dazzled on Saturday, striking out... 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.