Category: Kenta Maeda

July 5, 2024

Twins beat up on an old friend, win big 12-3

Pitcher Kenta Maeda, who spent three seasons with the Twins, took the mound on Thursday for the Detroit Tigers and wasn’t around for long after Minnesota scored nine runs on nine hits en route to a 12-3 win that was shortened by rain in the seventh inning. The win gave the Twins a series win... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2024

Twins denied sweep the hard way. Just ask Bailey Ober

The Twins earned a series win over the Kansas City Royals to start the 2024 regular season, but you’d hardly know it after Sunday’s loss. And it was over in a hurry for the Twins and pitcher Bailey Ober. Ober lasted all of four outs, allowing eight runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three... Continue Reading »

March 24, 2024

Twins fall to 8-17. Does it matter?

The Twins finally lost a see-saw game to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. They took an early lead, they gave up that lead, and then they pulled ahead, only to fall behind after serving up a grand slam. And then a Boston reliever, who couldn’t throw strikes to save his life, made things very... Continue Reading »

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 »

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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.