Category: Tyler Duffey

August 6, 2020

Pitchers’ duel finally ends after Twins score 4 runs in 9th

The Twins scored a run in the second inning and then came up empty for the next six. The Pittsburgh Pirates, meanwhile, were blanked for eight innings, stymied by Twins starter Randy Dobnak and two relievers. And then it all unraveled for the Bucs in the top of the ninth on Wednesday. Marwin Gonzalez hit... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2020

Forget the bomba squad: How about the Twins’ bullpen squad?

Perhaps this season the Twins will be known for their bullpen and not “bombas.” Reliever Tyler Clippard pitched two scoreless innings, five more relievers limited batters to one run on two hits, and the Twins quieted the Cleveland Indians again for a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Twins took three of four games from the... Continue Reading »

July 30, 2020

Twins sweep Cardinals, await Indians

The Twins produced just enough offense and five pitchers combined to three-hit the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for a 3-0 shutout victory and a sweep of the two-game series. Ex-Dodger and lefty, Rich Hill, pitched two-hit ball for five innings, then was spelled by four relievers who allowed one hit the rest of the... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2020

Even in the virtual world the Twins can’t beat the Yankees? Really?

I find simulated baseball to be a lousy substitution for the real thing. And though I’ve tried to ignore it, I have peeked at what Baseball-Reference.com has done by using a program called Out of the Park Baseball 21 to simulate the 2020 season. It’s hard to miss because the data can be found almost... Continue Reading »

March 9, 2020

Twins veterans appear to get warmer with the weather

On a 75-degree Sunday, Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda turned in his best pitching performance of the spring, hurling four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with no walks. He also struck out six of the 13 Boston batters he faced, in what would eventually be a 7-6, Red Sox win. Perhaps not lost on any... Continue Reading »

January 13, 2020

The curious case of the Twins’ Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios, the talented but not quite elite pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, appears set to have his salary demands go before an arbitrator, according to various reports. La MaKina 🇵🇷 #2020 #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/kR6gkQtot1 — Jose O. Berrios (@JOLaMaKina) December 18, 2019 There’s still time for the Twins and Berrios to work out a deal... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2019

Twins win. Now, about those next 12 games…

The Twins are playing extremely well. They are 33 games over .500 after coming from behind to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday, they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and they have a comfortable lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. And that lead will either be 5.5 games or 6.5 games, depending... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2019

Twins stay hot on the road with win over terrible Tigers

Life on the road continues to be good for the Minnesota Twins. After a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Twins were back in Motown on Friday where they unloaded on the hapless Detroit Tigers to win 13-5 on 14 hits. C.J. Cron and Max Kepler accounted for four... 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.