Category: Robbie Grossman

July 27, 2021

Twins improve to 8-5 versus Tigers after extra-innings win

Old friend Robbie Grossman forced extra innings on Monday after he hit a two-run home run off long-suffering Twins reliever, Alex Colome, to tie the game at 5-5. But in the bottom of the 10th, Andrelton Simmons earned a free pass to first base, pitcher Kenta Maeda, of all people, replaced him as a pinch... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2021

For the Twins, a step forward and two steps back

The Twins won Game 1 of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, only to lose on Saturday. The Twins lost more than the game as well after the club announced that Byron Buxton has landed on the 10-day injured list. It also sounds as if rookie Alex Kirilloff’s wrist problem might be... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless, Part 2

The Twins appear to have put March and a lack of hitting behind them after they banged out 11 hits on Sunday in an 8-2 win and series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Luis Arraez had a 3-for-3 day at the top of the order, plus Byron Buxton doubled, Mitch Garver and Miguel Sano homered,... 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 »

July 5, 2019

Twins, Tribe now separated by 6 games. Feel free to panic.

Despite 11 hits, the Twins still suffered from a serious lack of clutch hitting on Thursday. They left 11 men on base, were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and finally lost 7-2 and the series to the A’s. Meanwhile, Cleveland scored six runs in the seventh inning and came from behind to beat the... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2019

We have a race in the AL Central, folks

The Twins lost, Cleveland won and now the two teams are separated by seven games in the American League Central. A month ago I would’ve said this thing was sewn up for the Twins. Now, I’m not so sure. The Twins played extremely well through May, stumbled a bit in June and now have lost... Continue Reading »

December 1, 2018

It’s never too early to predict the Twins will win the AL Central

Wasting no time, the MLB.com website Cut 4 is predicting the Twins will displace the Cleveland Indians atop the American League Central and win the division in 2019. That’s fine with me, of course, but I should point out that many (OK, some) made that prediction in 2018 and look where it got them. But,... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2018

What I really want to talk about is the ‘opener’

Never mind that the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday — which is all fine and well, of course — because I’m more interested in the experiment that keeps on giving. Once again I’m talking about the “opener,” in which a reliever starts a game to tee up the primary pitcher for an effective... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for 14th time this season

What will we remember about the 2018 Minnesota Twins? The walk-off loss. The four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night in Oakland after the Twins dropped another close game in an all too familiar fashion. The A’s took the early lead, the Twins rallied for six runs in the sixth inning, and then... Continue Reading »

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.