Category: Kenta Maeda

December 3, 2023

We hardly knew ye, Sonny, Kenta and Emilio

Two starting pitchers and one reliever are moving on from the Twins, the trio agreeing to free agent deals with the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. Sonny Gray made the biggest splash, and no doubt was helped by his runner-up finish in the AL Cy Young award, by landing a 3-year, $75... Continue Reading »

October 11, 2023

Seriously, Rocco, there’s no need to pitch to Yordan Alvarez. Walk the guy

It was over before it ever really began. The Houston Astros scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, scoring again in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings to blow out the Twins 9-1 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday. It’s a huge disappointment... 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 »

September 29, 2023

Winding down the season with a 2-1 loss to the A’s

The Twins are guaranteed a spot in the postseason after clinching the AL Central division, so it’s not too surprising they lost 2-1 to the Oakland A’s on Thursday, and the losing might continue in Denver where the Twins will wrap up the season with a final three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. The reason,... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2023

Magic number falls to 3 with Twins win, Guardians loss

The Twins inched closer to a division title on Tuesday with a 7-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds and a Cleveland Guardians loss to those never-quit Kansas City Royals. The Twins are now 80-72. They have an eight-game lead on the Guards with 10 games left in the regular season. Minnesota dropped Game 1 to... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2023

Lopez strikes out 14, but it’s the Twins who are shut out

Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez made his best start of the season on Sunday. He went eight innings, he allowed only two hits, he didn’t walk a single batter and he struck out 14 New York Mets. And yet he didn’t figure in the decision because after 106 pitches he exited the scoreless game in favor... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2023

Twins swept by Brewers. Here comes Texas, folks

A key error, an infield hit and that was all the Milwaukee Brewers needed in the end to walk-off the Twins in extra innings 8-7 and sweep the two-game series. The Cleveland Guardians were idle on Wednesday because their game against the Dodgers was suspended because of rain. It is now set to resume Thursday... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2023

Here comes the rooster: Wallner walks it off, Twins sweep Snakes

Poring over the Twins’ August schedule, I saw nothing but foul weather in the form of teams such as the Texas Rangers and others that just might be too much for a club clinging to a slim lead in the American League Central division. But here we are, a few games into the new month,... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2023

It’s called the Eddie and Alex show. And I’m not talking about Van Halen

French Canadian Eddie Julien and Pittsburgh native Alex Kirilloff continue to carry this Minnesota Twins team, once again coming up with key hits to pace the club to a 6-3 win on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. The two had multiple hits on Monday and Tuesday, and then on Wednesday Julien... 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.