Category: Willians Astudillo

September 27, 2019

Twins’ youth movement tops Tigers, earns 99th win

As expected, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with a youthful lineup on Thursday, a day after the team clinched the AL Central and celebrated with a birthday cake and booze, according to team photos and videos. Baldelli turned 38 on Wednesday. Cheech and ChongAka Astudillo and Arraez pic.twitter.com/yYkTQ2yA2W — Kyle Gibson (@kgib44) September 26, 2019... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2019

Twins inch closer to division title

The worst team in baseball held the Twins scoreless for six innings on Tuesday before the club finally scored in the top of the seventh and beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The Twins’ magic number is now two. If the Twins win Wednesday and the Cleveland Indians lose, the division is theirs. Jake Odorizzi, who... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2019

Twins win thriller after Rosario makes game-ending throw to home plate

Jake Cave made a fantastic catch, Willians Astudillo hit a clutch single and Eddie Rosario threw out a runner at home plate to end the game and send the Twins to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins took two of three games from Boston and now head home to... Continue Reading »

September 2, 2019

The day the Twins win was hardly the story

The Twins have won two of three games, including Sunday’s 8-3 win, against the terrible Detroit Tigers. That’s the headline, I suppose. Behind the scenes, however, there was even bigger news. The team activated cult figure, Willians Astudillo, and defensive superstar, Byron Buxton, from the injured list, and called up a whole mess of players,... Continue Reading »

July 8, 2019

The AL Central lead is 5.5 games, Twins fans

If you told a Twins fan before the start of the season that the team would have 56 wins, a new home run record and lead the American League Central before the all-star break, that fan would be thrilled (and possibly a tad skeptical). All of that and more has happened, making the 2019 season... Continue Reading »

July 7, 2019

Twins’ Taylor Rogers is an all-star. Or at least he should be.

The best pitcher on the Twins staff is not the rising star Jose Berrios or the resurgent Jake Odorizzi, it’s Taylor Rogers, the left-handed reliever who throws in the mid-90s and leads the team with a 1.82 ERA. The Twins do not have a dedicated closer. Instead, Falvey & Co., ever since they traded Fernando... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2019

Twins hit 5 home runs, pound Pale Hose

The Twins team that appeared at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday is the one we’ve all come to know this season. The name of the game isn’t small ball, it’s long ball, meaning the Twins are doing Twins-like things when they are driving the baseball a long way into the seats. And so they did... Continue Reading »

June 29, 2019

Twins suddenly in search of runs as injury list grows

The Twins scored two runs on Thursday and four in their loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The sudden lack of run-scoring production can be attributed to the number of players hurt, including Eddie Rosario, who will now spend 10 days on the injured list. He joins Willians Astudillo, Marwin Gonzalez and Byron... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2019

Bullpen spent, Twins lose to Rays in 18 innings

Twins starter Martin Perez gave the club a quality start on Thursday, but it hardly mattered because the Twins played 11 more innings after he stepped aside in the seventh. Perez exited in a 2-2 tie, then watched as the team used nine relievers, including starter, Kyle Gibson, and lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay... 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.