Category: Josh Donaldson

September 6, 2021

Twins avoid the sweep, snap 4-game losing streak with win at Tampa

Rookie second baseman, Nick Gordon, was the big man on campus Sunday, collecting three hits and driving in two runs to help the Twins edge the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. The Twins took an early lead, fell behind late, but kept on hitting to secure the win. In all, the Twins banged out 13 hits.... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2021

Once in Ontario, Harmon Killebrew country is just across the Snake River

We arrived in Ontario, Oregon on Sunday and finally made our way to Payette, Idaho Monday morning. You head east across the Snake River, pass through the town of Fruitland and the unmistakable smell of onions (onion supplier Dickinson Frozen Foods is based in Fruitland), then you turn north toward Payette. We kept our eyes... Continue Reading »

August 26, 2021

Twins beat Boston, Robles with late-inning blasts

On Tuesday, former Twins reliever Hansel Robles locked down his 11th save of the season in an 11-9 Red Sox win. On Wednesday, the Twins made sure that didn’t happen again. The Red Sox forced extra innings after they rallied to tie the game at 4-4. But in the top of the 10th, the Twins... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2021

Losing streak grows to 4 games after Twins drop Game 1 in Boston

The Twins put up a fight in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, but couldn’t overcome nine runs allowed through five innings, finally losing 11-9. It was a long night for rookie pitcher Griffin Jax, who was handed a 3-1 lead — Max Kepler hit a first-inning leadoff triple —... Continue Reading »

July 27, 2021

Twins improve to 8-5 versus Tigers after extra-innings win

Old friend Robbie Grossman forced extra innings on Monday after he hit a two-run home run off long-suffering Twins reliever, Alex Colome, to tie the game at 5-5. But in the bottom of the 10th, Andrelton Simmons earned a free pass to first base, pitcher Kenta Maeda, of all people, replaced him as a pinch... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2021

Twins nearly no-hit by Angels, lose anyway

The Twins avoided the no-hitter on Saturday, but the club’s ninth inning rally still fell short after Miguel Sano struck out for the third time in the game, stranding the tying run at second base. Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval made quite the start. He was spotted two runs in the top of the first inning,... Continue Reading »

July 21, 2021

If only the wins were as memorable as the losses

In case you’ve forgotten, the Twins won Game 1 of their current four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Don’t remember it? Well, that’s understandable because they lost in walk-off fashion in Game 2 on Monday and collapsed late to lose 9-5 on Tuesday. The Twins rallied to take a 5-4 lead over the Sox... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2021

All is not well in Twins Territory

The Twins headed into the break with a 7-2 record against the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, they emerged from it at 7-5 after they were swept by the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a good sign. The Twins, other than all-stars Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers, essentially had the week off to rejuvenate... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2021

Do the Twins even need Josh Donaldson?

I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips to know whether the Twins are better with or without third baseman Josh Donaldson, but I do know they have certainly looked like a better team the past two days. Pitching and hitting were in sync to win 6-2 over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, and... 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.