TWINS TRIVIA is hopefully a fun and informative site that will help you to better enjoy the Minnesota Twins and their wonderful history. “History never looks like history when you are living through it” - John Gardner, former Secretary of Health Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:11:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 29279395 According to ELIAS – Brian Dozier Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:03:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Dozier is Mr. Second Half

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer in the second inning off Carson Fulmer in game two of the twinbill in the South Side of Chicago. The Twins managed a split in the doubleheader, winning game two 10-2. Dozier hit 28 home runs after the All-Star break last season and has already hit 13 post-break home runs in 2017. Dozier’s 13 post-break homers this season are the fourth-most in the majors, trailing Giancarlo Stanton (19), Nelson Cruz (14), and Joey Gallo (14). His 41 overall home runs after the midsummer classic over the last two seasons are by far the most in the majors; Nelson Cruz (34), Justin Upton (33), Khris Davis (32), and Gary Sanchez (30) are the only other players with at least 30.

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1967 AL Pennant Race Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:17:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]>  

1967 Twins Topps team card


Standings and scores of the baseball wars on August 22, 1967

Make sure you check the Today in Twins History page to see more info on the 1967 AL pennant race.

The rest of the stories that I have done on the 1967 AL pennant race can be found here.

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Did you know? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:10:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Tim Melville pitching for the Long Island Ducks

Did you know that Tim Melville whose nickname is “Smellville” attended Wentzville (Holt) High school in Wentzville, MO and goes with a Twitter handle of “timelville”? Melville is expected to join the Twins today and start one of two games of their double-header against the Chicago White Sox. Melville who started two games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2016 has not gone more than four innings in either of his previous big league starts. Hopefully Tim will not live up to his nickname today!

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According to ELIAS – Eddie Rosario & Bartolo Colon Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:55:24 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Rosario hits a grand slam in his second first-inning AB

Eddie Rosario

After grounding out as his team’s second batter, Eddie Rosario then capped the Twins’ nine-run first inning with a grand slam as Minnesota went on to rout Arizona, 12–5. Only one other first-, second-, or third-place batter in franchise history had ever hit a bases-loaded home run in the first inning. On June 28, 1933, Hall of Famer Heinie Manush, batting second in the Washington Senators’ lineup, hit a first-inning grand slam in a 15–2 win at Cleveland.

Colon completes his bingo card against a team that didn’t exist when he debuted


Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon allowed four runs in six innings, but that was good enough to earn the victory in the Twins’ 12–5 win over the visiting Diamondbacks. Entering Sunday, Arizona was the only one of the 30 current major-league teams that the 44-year-old righty had never beaten. In fact, Colon made his major-league debut in 1997, one year before the D-Backs played their first game. Two other active pitchers have beaten all 30 teams – John Lackey and Max Scherzer.

Colon’s task was made easier when his teammates scored nine times in the first inning. Before Sunday, the most first-inning runs Colon had ever benefitted from in his previous 519 major-league starts was six, in an A’s win over the Astros on April 17, 2013.

Colon became the 18th pitcher in baseball history to record at least one win against all 30 big league teams.  The veteran righty was 0-2 in four previous career starts against the D’Backs, but he finally notched that elusive win in his 20th MLB season. Former Twins pitcher Kyle Lohse is also one of the 18 that has beaten all 30 teams.

Current Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has beaten 29 teams and still needs to beat the Brewers and former Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano is also one team short still searching for a way to beat the Marlins.


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Twins Minor League Player of the Week – Hector Lujan Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:42:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Hector Lujan

Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low A) right-handed pitcher Hector Lujan has been named Twins minor league Player of the Week. Lujan, 6’3″ and about 230 appeared in three games for the Kernels, pitching 3.0 shutout innings with one hit allowed, no walks, six strikeouts and two saves. The 22-year-old has appeared in 38 games for the Kernels this season, going 3-1, 1.47 ERA (49.0 IP, 8 ER) with 15 saves (Midwest League leader), seven walks, 50 strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP. Lujan has been strictly used in relief since he signed a professional contract.

The Corona, California native was drafted by the Twins in the 35th round of the
2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Twins Minor League Report 08192017

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According to ELIAS – Jose Berrios Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:53:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Sweet Berrios poisons D-Backs

Jose Berrios

23-year-old Jose Berrios defeated Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks, with the Twins winning the game 5-0. Berrios pitched seven brilliant innings in which he allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk, fanning 7. Berrios is now 11-5 in 18 starts this season. Only three other pitchers in Twins/Senators history, 23-or-younger, started a season with as many wins in their first 18 starts of a season: 22-year-old Joe Boehling in 1913 (11-5), 23-year-old Scott Erickson in 1991 (13-3), and 22-year-old Francisco Liriano in 2005 (11-3).

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Mike Trombley Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:13:29 +0000 Continue reading ]]> August 19 had one player making his major league debut as a Minnesota Twin.

Mike Trombley (Credit Getty Images)

Mike Trombley (P) – August 19, 1992 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 14th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Debut in Cleveland Stadium was one scoreless inning of relief with a strike out and a hit in a Twins 5-1 defeat.

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According to ELIAS – Byron Buxton Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:47:24 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Buxton’s own kind of triple double, adding inside-the-park HR


Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton’s contributions to the Twins’ 10-3 victory yesterday over the visiting Diamondbacks included a double, a triple and an inside-the-park home run. Buxton became only the fifth major-leaguer in the 70-plus years since the end of World War II, and the first in 41 years, to squeeze those three types of hits into the same game. Jerry Snyder did it for the Washington Senators in 1956, a young Roger Maris for the Kansas City A’s in 1958, George Altman for the Cubs in 1961, and Al Bumbry for the Orioles at Chicago’s Comiskey Park on Aug. 21, 1976.

According to Phil Miller in the Star Tribune this morning, MLB announced that Buxton’s trip around the bases took a mere 13.85 seconds, the fastest that its StatCast system that was installed in 2015 had ever recorded.

In all, the Twins smashed six home runs in their victory, tying the most home runs in a home game in the history of the franchise, dating to 1901 when the team played in Washington. The Twins connected for six circuit clouts twice at Metropolitan Stadium (in 1964 and 1966) and once earlier this year at Target Field (May 2 against the A’s). Actually, it’s not a surprise that it never happened at Griffith Stadium, the longtime home to the Washington Senators. The field dimensions at old Griffith were so huge that in 1945—a season in which Washington uncharacteristically finished just a game and a half behind the pennant-winning Tigers—the Senators hit exactly one home run—one!—in their 78 home games. And that lone home homer was an inside-the-parker, hit by Joe Kuhel on September 7.

Games when the Twins turned on the power

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA HR
1 1963-08-29 (1) MIN WSA W 14-2 49 8
2 2001-07-12 MIN MIL W 13-5 46 7
3 2017-08-18 MIN ARI W 10-3 41 6
4 2017-05-02 MIN OAK W 9-1 38 6
5 2016-06-26 MIN NYY W 7-1 37 6
6 2007-07-06 (2) MIN CHW W 12-0 48 6
7 2004-04-10 MIN DET W 10-5 47 6
8 2000-04-09 MIN KCR W 13-7 43 6
9 1993-08-15 MIN OAK W 12-5 44 6
10 1966-06-09 MIN KCA W 9-4 38 6
11 1964-05-14 MIN CHW W 15-7 44 6
12 1962-04-29 (2) MIN CLE W 7-3 41 6
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Generated 8/19/2017.


58 home runs in one day

Major-league players combined to hit 58 home runs in the 15 games played on Friday, the second-highest total of home runs ever hit on one day in the 142-year history of Major League Baseball. There were 62 home runs hit on July 2, 2002, a day on which 16 games were played. The 58 homers set a record for the most longballs on a day on which 15-or-fewer games were played; the previous record of 57 was set in the 15 games played on April 7, 2000.

This season, there has been an average of 2.54 home runs per game (for both teams combined), which is on target to surpass, rather handily, the all-time record high of 2.34 homers per game, set in 2000.

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The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 36 – Twins Keep Winning Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:50:14 +0000

Star Tribune Peach article from August 20, 1967. I wanted to include the picture of Tony Conigliaro who was seriously beaned on August 18th.

Box Score

Previous 1967 AL Pennant Race blogs can be found here.

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Kinney & Fife Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:54:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Two players today, August 18, that made their big league debuts as Minnesota Twins.

Matt Kinney (P) – August 18, 2000 – Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Joe Thomas (minors) and John Barnes to the Minnesota Twins for Orlando Merced and Greg Swindell on July 31, 1998. Debuted at the Skydome against the Blue Jays and took the loss in a 3-2 game but he pitched well going 6.1 innings and allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks and was lifted trailing 2-0.

Dan Fife

Danny Fife (P) – August 18, 1973 – Traded by the Detroit Tigers with cash to the Minnesota Twins in March 1973. Debuted in relief pitching 3 innings at Cleveland Stadium allowing no runs, 2 hits and 1 walk and struck out one in a Twins 5-0 loss to the Indians as Gaylord Perry shutout the Twins on 3 hits.

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