Category: Kenta Maeda

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 »

July 4, 2021

So much for making a stand against the AL Central

A week ago there was optimism. The Twins had taken two of three games from the Cleveland Indians, improved to 10 games under .500, moved as high as third place in the division, and facing a new month of games against division rivals, it appeared that maybe, just maybe, the Twins were ready to turn... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2021

Donaldson delivers, the Twins do not in 13-3 loss to White Sox

It’s called put up or shut up, Twins fans. After fiery slugger Josh Donaldson traded barbs with White Sox pitcher, Lucas Giolito, on Tuesday, Donaldson stepped up to the plate in the first inning of Wednesday’s game and hit his 13th home run of the season on the third pitch thrown to him. Donaldson homered... Continue Reading »

June 21, 2021

Can the Twins make it 5 wins in a row?

The Twins tied their longest winning streak of the season at four games on Sunday after they swept the Texas Rangers on the road, including Sunday’s 4-2 win. The Twins now face the Cincinnati Reds for two games and then welcome the Cleveland Indians to Target Field for four more. The one glaring problem for... 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 »

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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.