8:15 AM EDT, Sun September 23, 2018
15 mins ago
Twins vs. Vikings: The ultimate battle

Twins vs. Vikings: The ultimate battle

Staring at that hat for too long hurts my brain. A couple of Sundays ago, the Minnesota Vikings kicked off their football season. Yes, I realize I’m writing this for TwinkieTown and not Daily Norseman. But being Minnesota born-and-raised, I have almost an equal affinity for both clubs. Almost. Before I get too much further here, let me also say this to head off potential comments: Despite actually living a year or two of my life in Roseau, MN, I have never been a hockey fan. Despite standing 6’8” tall, basketball hasn’t really done much for me, either. I don’t begrudge anyone who...
7 hours ago
Athletics 3, Twins 2: Walk It Off

Athletics 3, Twins 2: Walk It Off

And we can build this dream together...standing strong forever... Entering this weekend, the Twins had 13 walk-off losses. They needed three walk-off losses in their final three road games to tie the all-time record. Impossible, right? Well, two down, one to go. After an intense bases-loaded battle in the ninth, Trevor Hildenberger threw a wild pitch to bring home the winning run, and the Oakland Athletics handed Minnesota their 15th such soul-deflating loss of the 2018 season. The final score would not suggest that Chase De Jong had a poor outing — and for what it’s worth, it certainly...
12 hours ago
Game 154: Twins at Athletics

Game 154: Twins at Athletics

This used to be the last game of the season. First Pitch: 8:05 pm CDT TV: FSNO Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN The Twins are playing spoiler on numerous fronts this weekend. The 93-win Athletics are a game and a half behind the New York Yankees for the top Wild Card spot, while trailing the Houston Astros by 3.5 for the division title. While the A’s are certainly my favorite American League team in the playoff picture, Twinkie Town remains a Minnesota fanblog/landing spot for homoerotic Google searches, so we will be rooting for the Twins tonight. Huzzah! Photo by Andy King/ ...
17 hours ago
Looking Back: When the Twins swept the White Sox in 2008

Looking Back: When the Twins swept the White Sox in 2008

That one game where I literally jumped out of my seat. The 2008 Minnesota Twins started the season by beating the then-Anaheim Angels at the Metrodome. Carlos Gomez looked like a return-on-investment alone from the Johan Santana trade, and Joe Nathan struck out recently-departed Torii Hunter in the ninth inning. After a 2007 season that had been a severe disappointment, ‘08 looked to be on the right track. Not so fast. Despite a magical All-Star game showing for Justin Morneau, the ‘08 Twins entered the final week of the season at 85 wins and two-and-a-half GB the division-leading...
Sep 22, 2018
A’s 7, Twins 6: Khris Davis’s second dinger walks off 10th inning

A’s 7, Twins 6: Khris Davis’s second dinger walks off 10th inning

The A’s have more good players than the Twins and they used them. Oakland has one of the better bullpens in baseball, and the Twins do not, so when this game went into extra innings no sensible gambler would have bet against an A’s win. It came courtesy of all-world DH Khris Davis on his 45th dong of the season. Going into this start, Jose Berrios had an ERA of 4.10 in his last 30 games, 4.86 in his last 15, and 5.04 in his last seven. He’s clearly been struggling lately (and hopefully isn’t feeling sore anywhere). Berrios finished strong tonight, yet his control problems continue...
Sep 21, 2018
Game 153: Twins @ A’s

Game 153: Twins @ A’s

And an old friend (sorta) on the mound Time: 9:05 Central. Vegas Line: -175 OAK / MIN +165 Weather: Sunny, First Pitch 65° Opponent’s Nice SB Site: Athletics Nation TV: FSN. Radio: No sleeeping for Cory tonight Since the Twins are on the West Coast, here are some Pacific Time zone baseball links: Patrick Redford on how the Oakland A’s are making a playoff run with no really good starting pitching. Basically, offense and bullpen. Scoring 21 runs (like they just did against Anaheim) doesn’t hurt either. Contains naughty word in title. Tennis legend Billie Jean King is buying part of...
Sep 21, 2018
Rosario, Garver, and a staggering variety of horsey costumes

Rosario, Garver, and a staggering variety of horsey costumes

Just because the season’s almost over doesn’t mean the news is. Yes, you’re maybe not paying as much attention to the Twins now as you were in May (and if you’re reading this from southeast Minnesota, you’re probably more distracted by the giant tree branch that destroyed your deck last night). However, that doesn’t mean the Twins, and baseball at large, isn’t making news. Here it is. It sounds like both Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garver are probably done for the year. Rosario aggravated a calf injury on Monday in Detroit, while Garver is still dealing with a concussion. Twins...
Sep 20, 2018
Thursday Twins: Things Twinkietown loves edition (Willians Astudillo)

Thursday Twins: Things Twinkietown loves edition (Willians Astudillo)

Plus Miguel Sano’s offseason plans and other baseball players being lovable weirdos. A certain segment of the Twinkie Town commentariat loves a try-hard baseball player. Grant Brisbee is here to argue that players maybe shouldn’t try quite so hard, when there is nothing on the line. Tyler Austin features as ‘Exhibit A,’ even if he claims the wall “snuck up on him.” Darn those sneaky walls, I never hear them coming, and then... POW! MLB’s Cut4 ranked their top nicknames for home runs, and they are wrong. Every good Twinkietowner knows that “Stroked dong” should top the...
Sep 19, 2018
Twins 8, Tigers 2: Stephen Gonsalves picks up first MLB win

Twins 8, Tigers 2: Stephen Gonsalves picks up first MLB win

Pitching shuts down Tigers lineup. Bottom of the batting order racks up hits. Twins opener Gabriel Moya got into a little trouble quickly by hitting a batter and allowing a single to Nick Castellanos . Thankfully he was able to get a double play and end the early scoring threat. From there rookie Stephen Gonsalves took over and had by far his best MLB outing to date. He allowed only one hit and one walk over six innings and cruised through the Tigers order 1-2-3 in five of those innings, facing just four batters in 3rd. The prospect earned his first big league win, and looked the part of...
Sep 19, 2018
Game 152: Tigers at Twins

Game 152: Tigers at Twins

Not much baseball left. Some come join us! First Pitch: 12:10 PM CDT in Detroit TV: FSNO Radio: WCCO 830. TIBN Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys Lefty Gabriel Moya will be the opener again today. This will be his fourth time being used in that role and pitched scoreless frames the last two outings. Stephen Gonsalves is expected to be the primary pitcher after Moya. Baseball has not been kind to Gonsalves yet on the big stage. Let’s hope he has a good day today. The Tigers will go with Spencer Turnbull, who is making his first MLB start. He made his debut a few days ago, pitching one...
Sep 19, 2018
Free Andrew Vasquez

Free Andrew Vasquez

Andrew Vasquez was utterly dominant in the minor leagues, so why has he been used as a LOOGY thus far? A 1.52 ERA. A .198 batting average allowed. He struck out 36% of batters he faced, including half of the hitters that stepped up to the plate against him in Double-A. He started the season in Single-A, made it to the major leagues, and earned his promotions at every stop along the way. Yet Andrew Vasquez is a LOOGY in his first taste of the major leagues. Those numbers I cited above are Vasquez’s career minor league numbers and they paint him as an utterly dominant pitcher. This season...
Sep 18, 2018
Twins 5, Tigers 3: Bases successfully balled

Twins 5, Tigers 3: Bases successfully balled

Despite best efforts. We’ve sailed past the ides of September and everyone in Minnesota seems to have forgotten that baseball is a thing. We’ve all stuck our various utensils into various folk (rude, btw) and proclaimed them done. Yet baseball marches on, and there are still games to be played. Like this one between the 69 win Twins and the 61 win Tigers. Baseball! Jake Odorizzi Jake Odoralmost pitched a no-hitter in his last appearance and he would would throw another gem (which seems rather wasteful, really) tonight. Besides an accidental check-swing single in the first by Tigers LF...
Sep 18, 2018
Game 151: Twins at Tigers

Game 151: Twins at Tigers

Jake Odorrizi v Daniel Norris First Pitch: 6:10 CentralWatch: FSNOListen: WCCO 830, TIBN, La RazaKnow Thine Enemy When I grow up I wanna be a baseball. Today's Lineups TWINS TIGERS Joe Mauer - 1B Jeimer Candelario - 3B Jorge Polanco - SS Christin Stewart - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B Nick Castellanos - RF Robbie Grossman - RF Victor Martinez - DH Tyler Austin - DH Jim Adduci - 1B Jake Cave - CF Mikie Mahtook - CF Miguel Sano - 3B Grayson Greiner - C Johnny Field - LF Dawel Lugo - 2B Chris Gimenez - C Ronny Rodriguez - SS
Sep 18, 2018
Tuesday Twins: Willians Astudillo is taking grounders at shortstop

Tuesday Twins: Willians Astudillo is taking grounders at shortstop

Dear god, please let this happen. Sorry this is late! I sprained my ankle and barfed my brains out last night: Mike Berardino made a very, very, very important announcement on Twitter today. Now taking grounders at shortstop during #mntwins BP: Willians Astudillo. No lie. #LaTortuga— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) September 17, 2018 WILLIANS ASTUDILLO PLAYING SHORTSTOP. Can you imagine? That would probably be the closest we will ever come to having Manny Ramirez as the Twins shortstop. ESPN 1500’s Derek Wetmore talked about whether the Twins can overcome the Indians next season,...
Sep 18, 2018
Twins 6, Tigers 1: Kohl Stewart pitches six good innings on the way to Twins win.

Twins 6, Tigers 1: Kohl Stewart pitches six good innings on the way to Twins win.

Grossman, Rosario, and Polanco helped out at the plate Gabriel Moya got the start today, as the opener for the Twins. He got a strikeout, and gave up a hit in his inning, and then his work was done. Kohl Stewart came on for the bulk of the game, and his stat line is very encouraging, considering he seemed to be on the outs just one year ago. Stewart pitched six full innings, giving up three hits and three walks, but also striking out five Tigers. The only run surrendered was unearned, and occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning on a rare Eddie Rosario throwing error. To make matters...