Category: Nelson Cruz

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 »

July 19, 2021

All is not well in Twins Territory

The Twins headed into the break with a 7-2 record against the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, they emerged from it at 7-5 after they were swept by the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a good sign. The Twins, other than all-stars Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers, essentially had the week off to rejuvenate... Continue Reading »

July 12, 2021

Twins escape extra-innings bugaboo, top Tigers in 12-9 thriller

The Twins swept four games from the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, finally winning the game in extra innings to cap a four-hour roller coaster ride. Neither team did anything for four innings, then they exploded, scoring 21 runs on 20 hits. The Twins fell behind 4-0, then rallied to take an 8-5 lead going into... Continue Reading »

July 11, 2021

Twins win first 3 of 8 games against Tigers

The Twins made it three wins in a row against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, the first three of eight straight games between the two teams. They fell behind by four runs early, then rallied to take the lead after three big innings. Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run home run, Jorge Polanco smashed a three-run... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2021

Do the Twins even need Josh Donaldson?

I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips to know whether the Twins are better with or without third baseman Josh Donaldson, but I do know they have certainly looked like a better team the past two days. Pitching and hitting were in sync to win 6-2 over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, and... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2021

Donaldson delivers, the Twins do not in 13-3 loss to White Sox

It’s called put up or shut up, Twins fans. After fiery slugger Josh Donaldson traded barbs with White Sox pitcher, Lucas Giolito, on Tuesday, Donaldson stepped up to the plate in the first inning of Wednesday’s game and hit his 13th home run of the season on the third pitch thrown to him. Donaldson homered... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2021

Twins rebound nicely after Game 1 dud

The Twins lost to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, mustering all of six hits in the 4-1 loss at Target Field. After the 10-7 loss on Tuesday to the Reds, it amounted to two straight losses and a feeling that the Twins really aren’t ready for prime time. But they won 8-7 on Friday and... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2021

It’s called the breaks of the game, Twins fans

Forty years ago celebrated journalist, David Halberstam, put pen to paper (type to paper?) and produced a seminal work on the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers called “The Breaks of the Game,” a book that focused on a season with the Blazers after they won the championship in 1977. I can still see it: A strong... 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.