Category: Tampa Bay Rays

March 25, 2021

Here’s the sad part: If Buxton, Kepler and Sano were rookies, they’d be optioned, too

The starting pitching has been strong, the bullpen has shown improvement, but this Twins team is not hitting, and that was underscored Tuesday after they were shut out by the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. The Twins had a grand total of three hits. After that loss, I crunched some numbers that showed the Twins have scored... Continue Reading »

March 14, 2021

Twins pitching still stellar, but where’s the hitting?

Five Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, once again demonstrating that the Twins appear to be more than ready on the mound. The only problem? Rays pitching was almost as good, limiting the Twins to just four hits. Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak, aka the Dobber, dazzled on Saturday, striking out... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2021

Twins starting pitching has been sensational. The bullpen? Now that’s a different story

In games that Twins pitchers Jose Berrios, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Matt Shoemaker, Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe have started so far this spring — and this is likely to be the starting rotation, give or take Smeltzer, for the regular season — they have allowed a grand total of one earned run. That came... Continue Reading »

October 31, 2020

There’s a new Sheriff in the AL Central, Twins fans

Hall of Fame manager, Tony La Russa, who began his major league managing career with the Chicago White Sox, is back where it all started after he was named the team’s new manager this week. And that means an extra level of competition for the Twins in the AL Central. The White Sox have a... Continue Reading »

March 2, 2020

It’s Twins/Yankees again, folks (my favorite obsession)

Amid the business of spring training — lineups with lots of new faces and veterans slowly working their way back from the offseason — a tweet caught my eye. Yankee Stadium, 1967, a few short year before it would be totally reconfigured (1974-75). #Yankees pic.twitter.com/QYpxwdpiuS — MLBcathedrals (@MLBcathedrals) February 27, 2020 This time it was... Continue Reading »

June 3, 2019

Twins first to 40 wins in American League after taking 3-of-4 games from Rays

Sunday’s Twins win over the Tampa Bay Rays marked their 40th win of the season. They also are the first team in the American League to get to 40 wins and then there’s this accomplishment: no team in Twins history has reached 40 wins faster than the 2019 club, the team announced. Does the baseball... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2019

Good, but not great? Twins fall hard to Tampa Bay Rays

Before I get to the disaster that was Thursday’s game between the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays — two of the best teams in baseball — I have to point out that only about 8,000 fans attended the game. If two of the best teams in baseball can barely attract 8,000 people on a Thursday... Continue Reading »

February 24, 2019

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I…

Twins baseball is back, and with it a win and a loss in split-squad action on Saturday. The Twins’ B-team lost to the Baltimore Orioles, but forget about that game for a moment because the A-team knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays with little trouble, or so it appears. Even better? Twins outfielder, Byron Buxton,... Continue Reading »

November 27, 2018

It’s not the Minnesota Twins, it’s the Minnesota Rays

The Twins claimed budding slugger C.J. Cron from waivers on Monday, making it the fifth member of the Tampa Bay Rays to join or recently join the club. Who are the other former Rays? Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, Twins coach Bill Evers, Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi and former slugger Logan Morrison, who is now a... 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.