Category: Max Kepler

September 12, 2022

As ugly as it gets: Twins swept at home by Guardians

The statement wins the Twins needed to make against the division-leading Cleveland Guardians failed to materialize Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and now the club is 4.5 games back of the top spot with 20-some games left in the season. I’m not ready to declare the season over — Twins Territory was certainly in that kind... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2022

Looking up at the Guardians, White Sox after rally falls short

The Twins tumbled into third place after a six-run rally fell short on Friday, the team ultimately losing 7-6 to the Cleveland Guardians at Target Field. The loss means the Twins are now looking up at the Chicago White Sox and Guards in the division because both teams won on Friday. The Guards knocked off... Continue Reading »

September 5, 2022

Twins snap losing streak, now face Kryptonite for 4 games

The Twins on Sunday got exactly what they needed before they face the New York Yankees: a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox and a Cleveland Guardians loss (their fifth straight), which means the Twins and Guards are tied for the AL division lead at 68-64. Once again, the Twins didn’t hit that well... Continue Reading »

August 29, 2022

After sweep, don’t count out the Twins just yet

The Twins swept the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, officially putting the six-game losing streak in the rear view mirror and reminding the baseball world (OK, the AL Central) that they are not out of this thing just yet. Losses to the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros told a completely different story, but then they... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2022

Twins a game back in Central after 9-0 win over Royals

The Twins finally got a laugher. They scored early and poured it on late to run away from the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Tuesday at Target Field. The Twins scored their runs on 16 hits. Luis Arraez, Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela accounted for 10 of those hits. Max Kepler played the role of... Continue Reading »

August 16, 2022

Max Kepler is back as Twins win 4-2

Twins right fielder Max Kepler all but disappeared as he struggled to connect with anything during the series against the two teams in Los Angeles. But he came roaring back on Monday at Target Field, collecting three hits in four at bats, including a double, to pace the Twins to a much-needed 4-2 win over... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2022

Twins fall to 5-5 in their last 10 games

The Twins fell to 5-5 over their last 10 games after they split a day-night doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The Twins won the first game easily, then showed up flat for the second game, eeking out only three hits in a 4-0 loss. Twins starter Cole Sands, making his first major league... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2022

And just like that the Twins have a 2-game losing streak

The timely hitting has suddenly disappeared. The Twins struggled with their situational hitting on Wednesday, and did it all over again on Thursday, losing 3-2 to the Kansas City Royals at home, despite connecting for 12 hits. The problem? They were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. The bottom... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2022

A little ‘small ball,’ a little power helps Twins take series from Guardians

The Twins put the game in motion early and added a couple of solo home runs after that to beat the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday and win the series. The “small ball” looked like this: A Luis Arraez walk, a steal of second base and then Max Kepler singled him home to take a 1-0... 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.