Category: Josh Donaldson

June 12, 2021

Momentum, if you want to call it that, quickly extinguished after Twins lose to Astros

There was a lot of talk about “momentum” after the Twins’ thrilling, come from behind win over Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees Thursday night. Losing 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Twins hit back-to-back two-run home runs to first tie the game and then won it in walk-off fashion, 7-5.... Continue Reading »

June 4, 2021

Yeah, whatever

Is it any wonder the Twins are losing when so many of their players are hurt? Here’s the injured list: Caleb Thielbar, Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, Byron Buxton, Rob Refsnyder, Kenta Maeda, Luis Arraez and Devin Smeltzer. And when you have that many injured players you call up rookie prospects to fill those holes, and... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2021

Twins win 16th straight versus Orioles

The Twins finished 6-1 against the Baltimore Orioles in 2018, went 6-0 in 2019 and they are now 4-0 this season to make it 16 wins in a row over the Birds, including the Twins’ 3-2 victory on Monday in extra innings. The Twins continue to have success against the Orioles, although I wouldn’t call... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2021

Yes, it apparently can get worse, Twins fans

Just when you thought the disappointing play of the 2021 Minnesota Twins couldn’t get any worse, it did Monday after the Twins hit rock bottom, losing 16-4 at home to the Chicago White Sox. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, 10 years removed from the game, returned this season to manage the South Siders.... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2021

For the Twins, a step forward and two steps back

The Twins won Game 1 of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, only to lose on Saturday. The Twins lost more than the game as well after the club announced that Byron Buxton has landed on the 10-day injured list. It also sounds as if rookie Alex Kirilloff’s wrist problem might be... Continue Reading »

April 26, 2021

This Twins season is starting to feel a lot like 2018

In 2017, the Twins shocked the baseball world, and perhaps themselves, after they were good enough to finish eight games over .500 and claim a spot in the postseason as a wildcard team — all this after losing 103 games in 2016. Twins manager Paul Molitor was named AL Manager of the Year and it... Continue Reading »

April 22, 2021

Twins score 12 runs on 18 hits and lose after committing 2 errors in the 10th

The Twins suffered one of their worst regular-season losses in Twins history on Wednesday, a defeat that rivals the 11-10 meltdown to the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 28, 1984. In other words, it wasn’t pretty. The Twins scored first, the Oakland A’s scored next, the Twins tied the game at 7-7, then pulled ahead to... 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 »

April 14, 2021

Bullpen struggles again, Twins lose again

The Twins dropped the opener of their four-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, a series that was postponed on Monday after the shooting death of Daunte Wright over the weekend in Brooklyn Center, outside Minneapolis. Perhaps Tuesday’s game should have been canceled as well. The game-time temperature was 33 degrees and it... 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.