May 2 – This Day in Twins History

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2017 – The Twins kept smashing home runs during their 9-1 rout of the Oakland A’s, setting a Target Field single game record with six. Brian Dozier hit two home runs, Miguel Sano, Jason Castro, Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer each contributed one to the cause. With the game decided, Yonder Alonso the A’s 1B added a bases empty shot off Twins reliever Michael Tonkin to ruin the shutout. Ervin Santana the Twins starter upped his record to 5-0 with 0.66 ERA. Box Score

Ervin Santana

Brian Dozier






2012 – Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver no-hits the Twins 9-0 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Only two Twins reached base, one after a strikeout/dropped ball and the other via a walk. The Twins were held hitless for the first time since 1998, when David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against them. Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue and Nolan Ryan also threw no-hitters against Minnesota. The loss by the Twins drops them to a MLB worst 6-18. After Jerome Williams’ shutout against Minnesota on yesterday, the Twins haven’t scored in 19 innings and haven’t had a hit in the last 15. Weaver struck out nine batters and threw 121 pitches. Box Score

A NO-NO for Jered Weaver


2010 – Catcher Wilson Ramos makes his big league debut with four hits (3 singles and a double) in a Twins 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Ramos becomes the 8th player AL and second Twin (Kirby Puckett) to get 4 hits in his big league debut. Delmon Young had 4 hits including a home run and Orlando Hudson had 3 hits with a home run. Francisco Liriano upped his record to 4-0 for the season.  Box Score

Wilson Ramos (courtesy MLB Photos)


2007 – Thanks to a winning rally that starts with an infield single which is in play after hitting the second-highest “B” ring at Tropicana Field, the Rays beat Minnesota, 4-3, in 10 innings. The next day, a mannequin wearing a Twins uniform was placed near the spot where Carlos Pena’s fortunate hit struck the roof. Torii Hunter was 3 for 5 with a run scored, two RBI and a stolen base but it was not enough on this day. Box Score

Carlos Pena

Torii Hunter






2005 – The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball today announced that Juan Rincon of the Minnesota Twins has been suspended for 10 days, effective today, for violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Juan Rincon

2001 – Metrodome fans pelted former Twins player Chuck Knoblauch with hotdogs (it was a “Dollar-a-dog” night) and other objects such as coins, plastic beer bottles and golf balls, causing umpires to pull the Yankees off the field for 12 minutes during Minnesota’s 4-2 win. Twins manager Tom Kelly strolled out to left field to plead with the fans to stop. Over 40 Twins fans are ejected from the game. Metrodome public address announcer Bob Casey lectured the crowd.

“Please stop throwing things,” Casey said. “This is an important game! Now quit this!”

Twins manager Tom Kelly, left, escorts Yankees left fielder Chuck Knoblauch back to his position after Knoblauch was pelted with hot dogs in the sixth inning at the Metrodome in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

“We were close to calling that game,” crew chief Dan Morrison said. “But it didn’t get to that point. It’s a gut feeling. When I feel fans are totally out of hand, then I call the game. It’s not that black-and-white.” Not one of our finer Minnesota moments. Doug Mientkiewicz was 4 for 4 and Matt Lawton was 3 for 4. Joe Mays pitched 6 good innings for the win. OH, Knoblauch went 0 for 4. Box Score

Doug Mientkiewicz

Matt Lawton Credit: Getty Images

Joe Mays






1992 – The Twins hit four home runs in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium off Yankee hurler Scott Sanderson and eventually win the game 7-6. Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, and Randy Bush hit the long balls in the fifth inning. Chili Davis hits another home run in the eighth inning pinch-hitting for Randy Bush which proves to be the winning run. Twins reliever Bob Kipper picks up his first win as a Minnesota Twin. Box Score

Chili Davis

1967 – A number of Twins games were played in cold weather at Met Stadium but the coldest start to any game at the Met was 32 degrees on this day when the Twins beat the Yankees 13-4 in front of 8,171 fans in 2 hours and 29 minutes. The Twins scored 6 in the bottom of the first inning and held on from there. Yankee starter Fritz Peterson didn’t make it out of the first inning before they sent him to the showers. When the game ended, the thermometer showed 29 degrees. Dean Chance went the first five innings and Al Worthington finished up the final three innings. Box ScoreSee April 17, 2014

Dean Chance

Al Worthington






1964 – With the score tied 3-3 after nine innings the folks at Municipal Stadium get to see some bonus baseball. In the top of the 11th inning Minnesota becomes the 3rd club to hit 4 consecutive home runs in one inning. Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, and Harmon Killebrew do the damage in the 11th-inning explosion that gives the Twins a 7-3 win at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. Both Oliva and Killebrew had each hit a home run earlier so they both ended up with two home runs. Gerry Arrigo pitched the last two innings for Minny and snatched up the win. Box Score

Tony Oliva

Harmon Killebrew

Jimmie Hall

Bob Allison


1963 – The Twins trade pitcher Jack Kralick to Cleveland for pitcher Jim Perry. Jim, the older brother of Gaylord Perry makes a fine addition to the Twins and goes on to win the AL Cy Young award in 1970.

Jack Kralick

Jim Perry






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