Category: Tyler Mahle

March 30, 2024

Twins win, but at what cost?

Want to know what a pyrrhic victory is? A Twins win over anybody that results in the loss of a key player. That’s what the Twins are facing after their 4-1 takedown of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Royce Lewis, who seems built for big moments, homered on opening day and also singled, but... Continue Reading »

December 25, 2023

We hardly knew ye, Tyler Mahle

Don’t expect me to wax nostalgic about pitcher Tyler Mahle’s time in Minnesota because he made a total of nine starts over two seasons before going under the knife for Tommy John surgery, and then exited stage left after agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Texas Rangers. He is set to make $22 million... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2023

Twins lose to Spencer Steer and the Reds

The Twins lost to the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Monday. It won’t derail the Twins’ chances of winning the AL Central because the Cleveland Guardians lost Monday as well, but the game did act as one big reminder about what might have been. That’s because rookie Spencer Steer, who once was a member of the... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2023

Twins take series from Royals, get ready to face woeful White Sox

The Twins couldn’t capitalize on a pitcher’s wildness on Saturday, but they certainly did against Brady Singer, scoring a run in the second inning and then jumped all over him for seven more in the third to cruise to an 8-4 win and a series victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Powering the... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2023

Twins drop game to Yanks under cloud of controversy

New York Yankees starter Domingo German struck out 11 over six-plus innings on Saturday, leading the Bronx Bombers to an easy 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium. But in the minds of some Twins players, German made it look too easy. That’s according to MLB.com,... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2023

Will the Twins be 6-0 by Thursday?

The Twins’ home opener is Thursday against the Houston Astros and there’s a good chance, based on the way they have come roaring out of the gates, that the team remains undefeated by then. That’s because the Twins swept the Kansas City Royals over the weekend and started the week with an 11-1 blowout of... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2023

The regular season is here: What say you about the Twins?

The Twins won their final spring game over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5, and now hit the road to face the Kansas City Royals Thursday for Game 1 of the 2023 season. I intended to list a number of major league predictions for the new season, including, of course, where those Sybil the Soothsayers place the... Continue Reading »

March 27, 2023

Can the Twins play the Red Sox all the time?

The Twins beat the Red Sox again on Sunday, getting a 7-2 win and an ace-like performance out of starter Sonny Gray, who pitched three no-hit innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Gray and the Twins were backed by home runs from Ryan Jeffers, Willi Castro and Hernan Perez. It was the Twins’ second... Continue Reading »

March 20, 2023

The Twins are doing … something

The Twins are winding down exhibition play, and although I always fight the temptation to read too much into spring training, it’s hard not to after the club fell to 8-12-3 on Sunday with a lackluster loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Twins mustered all of two hits in the 5-0 defeat. Expectations are riding... 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.