Category: Nelson Cruz

April 11, 2022

Twins smash 6 home runs, get first win of 2022

After two near misses to start the season, the 0-2 Twins made Game 3 a laugher, hitting six home runs, including a grand slam, to win 10-4 over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Twins now have a chance to even the series on Monday. Monstruoso.#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/0Cw1BJmsux — Twins Brasil šŸ‡§šŸ‡·āš¾ (@TwinsBrasil) April 10, 2022... Continue Reading »

September 24, 2021

Twins play spoiler, beat Blue Jays in Game 1 of weekend series

Advantage: Minnesota. Not only because the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Thursday, knocking the Jays a game back in the AL wild card race, but also because the Twins appear to have clearly come out ahead in their deal to get pitcher Joe Ryan in exchange for slugger Nelson Cuz. Yes, there’s... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2021

Yanks won’t sweep Twins after Sunday’s game is postponed by Hurricane Henri

Life offers three inescapable realities: death, the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Twins losing to the New York Yankees. They lost Thursday, they lost Friday and they lost again Saturday, 7-1, to drop the series to the Bronx Bombers. But at least Mother Nature is a Twins fan because she has nudged a hurricane... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2021

Twins, Tampa trade blowout victories

The Twins had one of their biggest blowout wins of the season on Saturday, a 12-0 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays that makes up for the Twins’ 10-4 loss on Friday. The Twins scored the 12 runs on 16 hits, eight of them extra-base hits, including home runs from Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Brent... Continue Reading »

August 12, 2021

Well, what do you know? Twins get series win over White Sox

The one team that has had the Twins’ number all season? The Chicago White Sox. But this time the Twins turned the tables on them and won two of three games, including Wednesday’s 1-0 victory. And two young pitchers are beginning to make a difference for the Twins. Griffin Jax struck out 10 on Tuesday... Continue Reading »

August 9, 2021

Wow. Twins get series win over AL West-leading Houston Astros

I disappeared for a few days after I saw the Houston Astros on the schedule. They hit and pitch well, they are 20 games over .500 and they have had mostly success against the Twins, including in the postseason, of late. So, I ignored the internet and TV, thinking the Astros would make quick work... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2021

Twins trade Jose Berrios, Happ and others on busy deadline day

It wasn’t a rebuild, but the Twins certainly retooled — to borrow a word from president of baseball operations, Derek Falvey — sending a handful of players to other teams on Friday, including a bit of a shocker: Right-handed pitcher, Jose Berrios, the homegrown Twin who compiled a record of 55-43 with a 4.08 ERA... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2021

Twins nearly no-hit by Angels, lose anyway

The Twins avoided the no-hitter on Saturday, but the club’s ninth inning rally still fell short after Miguel Sano struck out for the third time in the game, stranding the tying run at second base. Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval made quite the start. He was spotted two runs in the top of the first inning,... 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 »

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Hi, Iā€™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.