Category: Louie Varland

June 17, 2024

Twins sweep A’s, win fifth straight game

The Twins are streaking again, but in a good way. They swept a four-game series from the Oakland Athletics, including Sunday’s double-header, to make it five straight wins. They also are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have pulled within a half-game of the Royals and are 5.5 games back of the Guardians. Game... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2024

Twins fall short in disappointing loss to Rockies

And I thought Houston’s Framber Valdez had the Twins’ number. Rockies pitcher Cal Quantrill, who knows the Twins best from his years with the Cleveland Guardians, improved to 6-0 career versus Minnesota on Tuesday after he scattered only three hits across six scoreless innings in a 5-4 win. The Twins made things interesting against the... Continue Reading »

June 11, 2024

New winning streak underway as Twins take Game 1 from Rockies

Put it down as two wins in a row for these streaky Twins after they beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Monday in Game 1 of their three-game series. Royce Lewis delivered the big blow, a two-run home run, and Twins pitching did the rest. Chris Paddack earned the win, scattering six hits across six... Continue Reading »

April 23, 2024

What the doctor ordered: The Chicago White Sox

After a disappointing series loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Twins got exactly what they needed: The 3-18 Chicago White Sox, one of the worst teams in baseball, who took the field on Monday and promptly lost, 7-0. It was perhaps the Twins’ most complete and convincing victory of the season so far. Chris Paddack... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2024

Not sure the Twins’ Louie Varland is a starting pitcher

As much as I want to see Twins pitcher Louie Varland succeed in the big leagues, I’m just not sure he is suited to the role of starting pitcher after he lost again Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4. Although he didn’t walk a single batter and struck out six, he still served up... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2024

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally to beat Brewers with 5-run inning

Through the first four games of the new season, the Twins were averaging 2.75 runs per game, the kind of run-scoring that isn’t going to win you many games. But that all changed Wednesday as the Twins scored seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run inning that quickly erased a one-run deficit and propelled... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2024

Twins break camp at 9-19. Are you worried?

The Twins wrapped up Grapefruit League play with a 9-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, which is fine as far that goes, but the overall poor play that produced a 9-19 record, plus a growing injury list, has this Twins fan in a glass-half-empty kind of mood as they get set to play... Continue Reading »

March 21, 2024

What? Me worry?

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only spring training because there are plenty of reasons to be worried about the 2024 Minnesota Twins as the regular season nears. For one, they lost again on Wednesday. Not only did they lose, but the club was blown out 12-3 by the suddenly surging? improved? unbeatable?... Continue Reading »

March 10, 2024

Twins beat Yankees, which always feels good to say

The Twins’ Byron Buxton had an all-world day on Saturday. He hit two triples, a home run, scored three runs and drove in four more to pace Minnesota to a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees. In addition to Buck’s three hits, the team came up with 16 more, including three hits apiece from... Continue Reading »

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.