Category: Jorge Polanco

February 5, 2024

We hardly knew ye, Jorge Polanco

Second baseman Jorge Polanco, who spent 10 seasons with the Twins making him one of the longest tenured members of the club, is no longer that after he was sent to the Seattle Mariners for four players, including two proven major leaguers: Veteran pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and reliever Justin Topa. It’s a move I can... Continue Reading »

November 5, 2023

The day before Disco Demolition Night? The Twins played the Tigers

Disco Demolition Night is back in the news because of a new PBS documentary about disco music and the backlash to it in the form of the disco sucks movement, which finally culminated in a baseball promotion that went completely haywire. On July 12, 1979, the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox met for a... 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 »

October 4, 2023

Just call him Mr. Clutch: Lewis lifts Twins to 3-1 win, team snaps postseason losing streak

Carlos Correa and Michael A. Taylor made terrific defensive plays on Tuesday, but the hero was rookie Royce Lewis who again displayed a knack for coming up huge in big moments by hitting not one but two home runs to lead the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1... Continue Reading »

September 21, 2023

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally for 5-3 win, slash magic number to 1

The Twins on Wednesday withstood a 14-strikeout effort from Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene and then they went to work, down 2-0 through six innings. They scored a run in the seventh inning, a run in the eighth and then three runs in the ninth, in part because the Twins put runners in scoring position... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2023

Twins take 3 of 4 games from White Sox

Rookie Eddie Julien hit a three-run homer, Jorge Polanco added a solo blast and the Twins took the series from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and won nine of 13 contests versus the South Siders this season. The four runs is all the Twins needed because three pitchers blanked the Pale Hose on six... Continue Reading »

September 5, 2023

The lead is 6 games after Twins gash Guards 20-6

The Twins unloaded on the Cleveland Guardians in Game 1 of a key three-game series Monday night, scoring nine runs on Guards starter Lucas Giolito, then hammering those who followed him for 11 more runs to bury the team from northeast Ohio by a score of 20-6. It should be noted that seven of those... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2023

Reliever Jax has terrible inning, Twins lose 8-7

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had to turn to the bullpen early in Wednesday’s game after starter Kenta Maeda burned through 87 pitches in four innings. Maeda exited with a 4-3 lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Twins got a scoreless inning from Dylan Floro, the same from Emilio Pagan and then Griffin Jax blew it... Continue Reading »

August 14, 2023

Twins win 3-0 to take series from Phillies

Well, call it what it is: a two-game winning streak and a series win for the Twins over the Philadelphia Phillies. This one belonged to the pitching staff. Starter Sonny Gray pitched six scoreless innings with three walks and seven strikeouts, then a relief corps of Griffin Jax, Caleb Thielbar, Emilio Pagan and Jhoan Duran... 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.