Category: Taylor Rogers

April 8, 2022

We hardly knew ye, Taylor Rogers

Left-handed reliever and one of my favorite players Taylor Rogers is no longer a member of the Twins after he and outfielder Brent Rooker, plus cash, were sent to the San Diego Padres on Thursday in exchange for two pitchers: Chris Paddack and reliever Emilio Pagan, plus a player to be named later. Falvey &... Continue Reading »

March 21, 2022

A look at 2 standout games from Hall of Famer Jim Kaat

Class of 2022 Hall of Fame inductee pitcher Jim Kaat, who spent 15 of his 25 seasons in baseball with the Twins, produced two standout games (among many, I’m sure) early in his career and at the beginning of a new decade. On both occasions he was part of shutout wins and homered to support... Continue Reading »

July 28, 2021

Bullpen collapses late, Twins lose in extra innings

Tuesday’s tilt against the Tigers was a repeat of Monday’s game. Except this time the Twins lost. Mitch Garver hit a first-inning grand slam, Willians Astudillo added a solo shot of his own, and the Twins took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning. And then it all fell apart. Twins reliever Hansel Robles allowed... Continue Reading »

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 »

July 26, 2021

Twins lose. Now, is the great unraveling about to begin?

The Twins dropped three of four games to the Los Angeles Angels, including a 6-2 loss on Sunday. The Twins are now a season-worst 16 games under .500. Moving on… The real Twins news on Sunday broke during the game when The Athletic reported that injured center fielder Byron Buxton had rejected a Twins’ contract... 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 9, 2021

Finally, a little offense for the Twins

The Twins scored five runs against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, which wouldn’t normally be cause for celebration, but it is in this case because the Minnesota club scored only two runs over two games against the Chicago White Sox, both of which were losses (no surprise). The Twins fell behind early, then rallied to... 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 »

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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.