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October 3, 2020

Despite the Twins’ monumental postseason failures, the future is bright. Really.

Amid the slow-moving train wreck that was the Twins’ Game 2 loss to the Houston Astros was this: Alex Kirilloff, a highly ranked prospect in the Twins organization, made his major league debut in that game and wasted no time in getting his first hit, a sharply lined single to right field. A right fielder... Continue Reading »

September 30, 2020

Twins’ 17th postseason loss was about one thing: faith

Tuesday’s horrific Twins loss was not about Jorge Polanco, or Marwin Gonzalez, or Sergio Romo, or Tyler Duffey, or a lack of hitting, including 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. After all, the Twins scored the first run of the game. But it was about faith, or in this case, the lack of faith shown... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2020

Fiery Twins drop series on South Side, now head to North Side

The Twins hit three home runs on Thursday, including a controversial blast from Josh Donaldson, but still fell 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox. The Sox took three of four games in the series and clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 2008. You could tell throughout the series that the Twins were... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2020

Bats fall silent and tempers flare as Twins lose again to White Sox

First the good news: Twins center fielder, Byron Buxton, the fastest man in baseball, hit an inside-the-park home run to score a run in the third inning of Tuesday’s game. The bad news: it was only one of two runs the Twins scored in a second consecutive loss to the Chicago White Sox. The 6-2... Continue Reading »

September 14, 2020

Twins sweep Tribe. Now, bring on the Chicago White Sox

It’s just what the doctor ordered: A three-game sweep, a nice cushion in the form of a 30-18 record and what would appear to be plenty of momentum as the Twins head to Chicago to play the White Sox and Cubs. But first there was Sunday’s game. The Twins rallied from a 3-0 deficit by... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2020

Twins split doubleheader with Cardinals. Will it be enough?

The Twins split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, meaning they started the day 10 games over .500 after a Game 1 win, but ended the day nine games over .500 after a Game 2 loss. Will that nine-game cushion be enough? I ask that question because the Twins are about to... Continue Reading »

September 5, 2020

Twins take 2 from Tigers

Call it partial payback. After the Detroit Tigers swept three games from the Twins last week, the Twins swept a doubleheader on Friday at Target Field to gain a little payback from Gardy’s Guys. It will be even sweeter if they win all five games of this series, which continues Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In... Continue Reading »

August 30, 2020

Oh, boy: Twins lose twice to Tigers

The not-so-terrible Tigers on Saturday swept a doubleheader from the Twins, a situation that now has the team from Minnesota looking up in the AL Central at new league leaders. The Tribe is in first, the White Sox are in second and the Twins are now in third place, 1.5 games out of the top... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2020

For the Twins, it’s 30 games played with 30 games to go

The Twins improved to 20-10 at the halfway mark of the 60-game season after they rallied against Cleveland and held on for a 3-2 win on Monday. When these two teams get together — the two best teams in the AL Central — the games are low-scoring, nail-biting affairs. The Twins are 4-1 against the... 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.