May 13, 2024

Twins’ Ober carries club to series win over Blue Jays

Sunday’s series win over the Toronto Blue Jays belonged to Twins starter Bailey Ober.

Ober was masterful, limiting the Blue Jays to just one hit over six-plus innings with 10 strikeouts. He walked off the mound, the offense kicked it into gear and everyone exited with a 5-1 win. As for Ober, he improved to 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA, showing again just how far he has come since getting shellacked by the Royals on opening day.

The Twins and Blue Jays were scoreless through six innings, then Minnesota went to work and scored three runs in the seventh on a Carlos Santana three-run blast and two more in the eighth on a Max Kepler double, which extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Santana has also been hot. Over the last two weeks, he has hit .283 with five home runs and 15 RBI, according to MLB.com.

Chris Paddack gets the ball Tuesday versus the New York Yankees.

Extra innings…

-Before we get too concerned about the Yankees coming to town, remember this: the Twins were 4-3 against the Yanks last season, the team’s first season series win over the Bombers in years.

-The Twins’ series win over the Blue Jays on Sunday was its sixth straight, the most since 2010, said Twins TV voice Cory Provus.

-How about ex-Twin Luis Arraez? On Friday night, he delivered the game-winning walk-off hit in the Padres 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’ve already watched the highlight like a dozen times.

Said one broadcaster: “Welcome to San Diego, Luis Arraez!”

Said another: “Who else? Luis Arraez!”

Man, I miss that dude.

-In my previous post, I wrote about Kirby Puckett and the major league debut he made for the Twins on May 8, 1984, in a 5-0 win over the California Angels. As part of that debut, I looked up how the Minneapolis Star and Tribune covered the game, including a quote from former manager Billy Gardner, who said he was impressed with Puckett, but added that he likes to judge a player after they have been around the league a second time.

What does that even mean? Does that mean it’s best to judge a player after two seasons and not one?

Well, here you go, Billy: In his second season, Puckett slashed .288/.330/.385 with 199 hits and 74 RBI. He also led the major leagues in at bats with 691, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

May 9, 2024

It’s a win, but not a winning streak

The Twins and M’s have so far traded punches in this four-game series and appear likely to walk away with two wins apiece. For the moment, though, the Twins are looking for the series win on Thursday after their 6-3 victory on Wednesday. It was a balanced win. The team got plenty of pop from... Continue Reading »

May 6, 2024

Wurst alert: Twins lose, winning streak ends at 12 games

The Twins’ longest winning streak since 1991 came to an end Sunday after the club reverted to its beginning-of-the-season form in which they struggled mightily with their clutch hitting. In this case, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Making things even more difficult is that the bullpen... Continue Reading »

May 5, 2024

Still tangy: Twins keep on winning, streak reaches 12 games

The Cloverdale Tangy Summer Sausage — the sausage that apparently started as a gift to Twins infielder Kyle Farmer and now has evolved into a talisman of sorts for the team — keeps delivering tangy goodness after the Twins won again on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 12 games. The Twins also won... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2024

Got sausage? Twins win again, streak stands at 11 games

The Twins ran their current winning streak to 11 games on Friday, perhaps showing the baseball naysayers that the winning is no fluke. There has been reason to wonder because a large part of their success has come at the hands of two of the worst teams in baseball: the Chicago White Sox and Los... Continue Reading »

May 2, 2024

Sausage power: Twins’ winning streak grows to 10 games

The Twins pulled off another come from behind win against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to 10 games. During the streak, the Twins have swept the White Sox, Angels and White Sox again and will now attempt to keep the winning alive versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday.... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2024

Twins, summer sausage* roll on to 9th win in a row

Make it nine wins in a row for the Minnesota Twins after they beat the Chicago White Sox again on Tuesday, 6-5. The White Sox took an early lead, the Twins rallied for a 5-4 edge and then the South Siders tied the game and the Twins untied it on a go-ahead sacrifice fly from... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2024

Twins make it 8 straight wins with Game 1 victory at Chicago

Back-to-back sweeps and a Game 1 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday has extended the Twins’ winning streak to eight games, the team’s longest since June 2011. Monday’s win wasn’t nearly as explosive as the weekend series with the Angels, the Twins scoring only three runs on four hits. They got a two-run... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2024

The Twins are alive and kicking

A week ago the Twins had slumped to a record of 7-13, leaving many fans, including this one, with questions about whether the club was truly up to the task of defending their division title. The team was struggling to hit and the injuries were piling up. In the glass-half-empty world of Twins fandom, many... 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.