Category: Kenta Maeda

August 30, 2021

Twins lose finale, but still take series from Brewers

Despite Sunday’s loss, the Twins still managed to take the series from the Milwaukee Brewers after wins Friday and Saturday. And the standout performance of the series belonged to pitcher Andrew Albers, who hadn’t pitched at the major league level in four years until he recently faced the New York Yankees. He pitched well against... 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 »

August 15, 2021

Twins, Tampa trade blowout victories

The Twins had one of their biggest blowout wins of the season on Saturday, a 12-0 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays that makes up for the Twins’ 10-4 loss on Friday. The Twins scored the 12 runs on 16 hits, eight of them extra-base hits, including home runs from Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Brent... Continue Reading »

August 9, 2021

Wow. Twins get series win over AL West-leading Houston Astros

I disappeared for a few days after I saw the Houston Astros on the schedule. They hit and pitch well, they are 20 games over .500 and they have had mostly success against the Twins, including in the postseason, of late. So, I ignored the internet and TV, thinking the Astros would make quick work... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2021

3-run dingers power Twins to come from behind win

Mitch Garver hit a three-run homer, Jorge Polanco did the same in the ninth and that was pretty much all the Twins needed to rally from a 5-4 deficit to a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Reliever Alex Colome walked a tightrope in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a hit and... Continue Reading »

July 28, 2021

Bullpen collapses late, Twins lose in extra innings

Tuesday’s tilt against the Tigers was a repeat of Monday’s game. Except this time the Twins lost. Mitch Garver hit a first-inning grand slam, Willians Astudillo added a solo shot of his own, and the Twins took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning. And then it all fell apart. Twins reliever Hansel Robles allowed... 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 23, 2021

Farewell, Nelson Cruz

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who hit 76 home runs for the Twins over two-plus seasons, is gone after he was dealt Thursday to the contending Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two Triple-A pitchers who aren’t expected to stay in the minors for long. The trade is not surprising — Cruz was signed with the... Continue Reading »

July 5, 2021

Where has this been all season? Maeda, Twins make it look easy with 6-2 win over KC

The five-game losing streak is over after Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda made his best start of the season, scattering two hits over six innings with 10 strikeouts in a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. He pitched so well that it brought back memories of 2020, and even spring training, and the... 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.