Category: Max Kepler

August 3, 2020

Forget the bomba squad: How about the Twins’ bullpen squad?

Perhaps this season the Twins will be known for their bullpen and not “bombas.” Reliever Tyler Clippard pitched two scoreless innings, five more relievers limited batters to one run on two hits, and the Twins quieted the Cleveland Indians again for a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Twins took three of four games from the... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2020

When it comes to the Twins and Tribe, good hitting beats good pitching and vice versa

A good-hitting team like the Twins won’t go scoreless for long, and they showed that Friday by flexing their muscles early. Max Kepler and Alex Avila slugged home runs, Eddie Rosario added a bases-clearing double and the Twins held on for a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their four-game series.... Continue Reading »

July 29, 2020

Donaldson delivers as Twins top Cardinals

One of the biggest free agents of the offseason was Josh Donaldson, the power-hitting third baseman who spent last season with the Atlanta Braves, but previously was known as the ultimate Twins killer during his days with the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays. Now, Donaldson is hitting home runs for the Twins. The Twins... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2020

Blowout loss follows blowout win as Twins split 2 games with Chisox

Everything that went right for the Twins in Game 1 of the 2020 season went wrong on Saturday as the Twins lost to the South Siders, 10-3. On Friday, outfielder Max Kepler hit two home runs, including one on the first pitch of the game, to pace an 11-hit attack for a 10-5 win. The... Continue Reading »

March 9, 2020

Twins veterans appear to get warmer with the weather

On a 75-degree Sunday, Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda turned in his best pitching performance of the spring, hurling four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with no walks. He also struck out six of the 13 Boston batters he faced, in what would eventually be a 7-6, Red Sox win. Perhaps not lost on any... Continue Reading »

January 20, 2020

Does Donaldson, plus Hill, plus Bailey, plus Clippard, equal a playoff win over the Yankees?

The Twins missed out on the top free agent pitchers this winter — and I’m still puzzled that the Toronto Blue Jays snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu — but the slugging, Twins-killing third baseman known as Josh Donaldson was still available, and after reports the club was “pessimistic” about landing the “bringer of rain,” the team finally... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2019

Can you feel it Twins fans? This thing is happening

The Twins had no business winning Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox, perhaps trying to make good on the last gasp of summer, scored eight runs on 20 hits, including a Twins-like four home runs. But the Twins scratched together a rally in the bottom of the 12th and won the game 9-8 in walk-off... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2019

The new-look Twins don’t look very good

Dealing with injuries, players who are day-to-day and a major suspension (see Michael Pineda’s status), the Twins went with a youthful lineup and youth on the mound and it showed in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Twins scored two runs on five hits, getting three extra-base hits and two singles.... Continue Reading »

September 1, 2019

Record-setting Twins hit 6 home runs — and lose

The Twins set two records on Saturday: they hit six home runs to become the major league’s single-season leader in home runs with 268, and they became the first Twins team to hit that many home runs in a game and lose. Most home runs in MLB history: 268 — 2019 #MNTwins267 — 2018 Yankees264... 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.