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Game 11: Twins vs. Red Sox

Game 11: Twins vs. Red Sox

Nelson Cruz is in the lineup for Game 1, Byron Buxton is not. | David Berding-USA TODAY Sports Time to get back on track — x2 The Twins and Red Sox will play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday — although there’s nothing traditional about playing two seven-inning games, but that’s a topic for another day — and ace Kenta Maeda will get the chance to be a true stopper in Game One. Suddenly, the Twins have lost three consecutive games and sit at just 5-5 on the season. The obvious sky-is-not-falling take, of course, is that the Twins have yet to lose a game...
Twinkie Town Apr 13, 2021
Game 10: Red Sox at Twins

Game 10: Red Sox at Twins

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The Twins face off against their old friend Martin Perez. First Pitch: 1:10 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy, The Wolf 102.9 FM, TIBN, twinsbeisbol.com Know Thine Enemy: Over the Monster Today's Lineups RED SOX TWINS Enrique Hernandez - CF Byron Buxton - CF Alex Verdugo - LF Kyle Garlick - RF J.D. Martinez - DH Nelson Cruz - DH Xander Bogaerts - SS Mitch Garver - C Rafael Devers - 3B Jorge Polanco - 2B Christian Vazquez - C Miguel Sano - 1B Hunter Renfroe - RF Willians Astudillo -...
Twinkie Town Apr 11, 2021
Mariners 8, Twins 6: Pain.

Mariners 8, Twins 6: Pain.

David Berding-USA TODAY Sports Ugh. This game started out really well for the Twins. After 3 innings, they led 4-0. The offense jumped on Seattle’s starter Chris Flexen immediately and got a run on a sacrifice fly from Nelson Cruz in the first. Then, in the bottom of the 3rd, they added three more. Byron Buxton doubled and Max Kepler threw in another sac fly to make it 4-0 Twins. Fast forwarding to the bottom of the 5th, Byron Buxton brought himself to a triple shy of the cycle once again with his fifth homer of the season, this one a two run shot. After 5 innings,...
Lookout Landing Apr 8, 2021
Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz catch up, call off game

Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz catch up, call off game

best buds | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Old friends decide to just hang out instead Imagine a game where Marco Gonzales arrives with absolutely no command on his 4-seamer; where there are two inning-ending base-running mistakes; where horrible news breaks about the health of a fan favorite pitcher with ace-caliber stuff. That sounds pretty bad right? It’s a good thing that game didn’t happen. Today’s matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners was called off, though not due to weather, as many had assumed prior to the game. No, the decision not to play...
Lookout Landing Apr 8, 2021
Twinkie Town Q&A: What to expect from Nelson Cruz and the Twins

Twinkie Town Q&A: What to expect from Nelson Cruz and the Twins

Photo by Duane Burleson/ We asked TJ Gorsegner from our Minnesota sister site some questions about this series with the Twins In preparation for the Mariners’ three-game series with the Twins, we asked TJ Gorsegner from Twinkie Town to give us the inside scoop on a few players of intrigue, Minnesota’s chances for glory, and curses. Q: How quickly did you fall in love with Nelson Cruz, and how did you even live before he arrived in Minnesota? A: Somehow I figured you would ask me about Cruz. Glad you didn’t disappoint. We really, really like him. He fits into a...

Thundering home: Nelson Cruz chugs home on Polanco's double to beat Tigers 3-2

Jorge Polanco's two-out double in the sixth inning scored two runs, including Nelson Cruz coming home from first, to give the Twins a 3-2 victory.

Twins edge Tigers 3-2, win series in Detroit

Jorge Polancos two-run double in the sixth inning gave Kenta Maeda the victory over the Tigers. The double scored Nelson Cruz from first base with the go-ahead run.
Twinkie Town Apr 7, 2021
Are walk-off losses more hopeful or catastrophic to team psyche?

Are walk-off losses more hopeful or catastrophic to team psyche?

Photo by Duane Burleson/ An early test of mental toughness in 2021 I have long contended that late or extra-inning losses (like the two the Twins have suffered in their first five contests this season) are the toughest for human beings—so all baseball players not named Nelson Cruz—to stomach. There’s something gut-wrenching about being so close to victory before having it snatched away. Perhaps my concurrent Minnesota Vikings fandom has something to do with this, but I think it applies to the diamond as much as the gridiron. Remember back in 2016 when we voted to...

Nelson Cruz homers twice as Twins roll past Tigers 15-6; Shoemaker gets win in team debut

After three games under National League rules, Nelson Cruz returned to the designated hitter spot and immediately made an impact in the 15-6 victory.

Monday's Twins-Detroit game recap

Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz had a grand slam, a solo home run, and a leadoff double in his first start of 2021.
Twinkie Town Apr 5, 2021
Twins 15, Tigers 6: Cruz Control

Twins 15, Tigers 6: Cruz Control

Photo by Duane Burleson/ Shoemaker dazzles and the offense mashes Matt Shoemaker was rock-solid in his first start with the Twins, only allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts in 6.0 innings. He didn’t need to be. The story of the day was the offensive explosion for the Twins. It started slowly in the first, as Luis Arraez, Jorge Polanco, and some sloppy fielding by the Tigers combined to put the Twins on the board. In the second inning, some more piranha-ball and timely two-out hitting got the Twins another run. And then came the boom(stick). Nelson Cruz wasted...
Detroit Free Press Apr 5, 2021
Detroit Tigers embarrassed in 15-6 loss to Nelson Cruz-led Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers embarrassed in 15-6 loss to Nelson Cruz-led Minnesota Twins

The Detroit Tigers only managed four hits without drawing a walk in a 15-2 loss to the Twins. Utility player Harold Castro pitched in the ninth.       
Bless You Boys Apr 5, 2021
Twins 15, Tigers 6: Nelson Cruz Strikes Again

Twins 15, Tigers 6: Nelson Cruz Strikes Again

Photo by Duane Burleson/ The veteran Tiger-killer was in fine form as the Twins easily took the first game of a 3-game set. The opener of a three-game series with the Twins was delayed by an hour due to rain but, rather poetically, as the first pitch was being thrown, the sun poked through the clouds. A rainout wouldn’t have been so bad today, as Nelson Cruz and the Twins trounced the Tigers, 15-6. Of note: Akil Baddoo’s second game produced his second home run. More on that later. José Ureña’s Tiger debut began inauspiciously, with a flurry of walks and an...

Nelson Cruz homers twice as Twins roll past Tigers 15-6

Nelson Cruz and Willians Astudillo both had three hits as the Twins won their third consecutive game.

Luis Arraez will lead off, play left field as Twins meet Brewers in 2021 Opener

With no designated hitter in today's game against the Brewers, Nelson Cruz will sit and starting pitcher Kenta Maeda will have to hit.

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