May 8 – This Day in Twins History

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2017 – Minnesota Twins trade utility man Danny Santana to Atlanta Braves for cash and left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman.

Danny Santana

Kevin Chapman






2013 – The Twins scored four runs in the top of the first inning at Fenway Park, the Red Sox countered with a five-run bottom of the first only to see the Twins raise them by scoring seven runs in the top of the second. This was only the second game in major-league history in which a team scored at least four runs in the top of the first, the home team then scored more runs in the bottom of the first, which was then topped by the road team in the top of the second. The only other game with such an odd line score was played on September 9, 1894 between the Brooklyn Grooms and St. Louis Browns in the second game of a doubleheader. Brooklyn scored four runs in the top of the first, St. Louis responded with five runs in the bottom of the first and then Brooklyn came up with six runs in the top of the second inning. Twins starter Pedro Hernandez last 2 innings and Red Sox starter Allen Webster last 1.2 innings, it was that kind of day. Twins reliever Ryan Pressly pitched 4 scoreless innings and got the “W”. Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia had 4 of the Twins 19 hits. The Twins ended up winning the game 15-8. Box Score

Ryan Pressly (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Oswaldo Arcia







1984 – Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett became the 6th player in AL history to collect four hits (all singles) in his first major league game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0. Kirby goes on to become a Twins legend and a MLB Hall of Famer. Frank Viola pitches a complete game (one of ten that season) allowing just four hits and striking out six and earns the win, one of 18 he will win in 1984. No one even mentions the home runs that Tom Brunansky and Tim Laudner hit in the game. Box Score

Kirby Puckett

Frank Viola






1979 – The Twins beat up on the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 16-6 at Met Stadium in front of only 3,126 home town fans and in the process set a team record of 12 extra base hits mixed in their total of 19 hits. Doubles were hit by Willie Norwood, Bombo Rivera hit 2, Ken Landreaux, Glenn Borgmann, and Bobby Randall. John Castino added a triple, while Roy Smalley and Craig Kusick each hit two home runs and Kenny Landreaux contributed one home run to the cause. The Twins were actually behind in this game in the early going but put the pedal to the metal and coasted to victory. Twins reliever Mike Bacsik pitched 3.2 inning of hitless scoreless relief and got credit for the victory. Box Score

Roy Smalley III

Craig Kusick

Mike Bacsik






1968 – 27 batters up and 27 batters down. Oakland’s “Catfish” Hunter pitches a perfect game against the Twins in front of only 6,298 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum winning 4-0. The 22-year-old right-hander hurls the first AL regular season perfecto in 46 years. He strikes out 11 and drives in 3 of the A’s 4 runs. Dave Boswell was the Twins starter and loser. Box Score

“Catfish” Hunter



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1967 – Rod Carew becomes the first Minnesota Twin to get 5 hits in a single game at Metropolitan Stadium but they lose the game to the Senators 7-4 when they allow the Senators to score six runs in the seventh inning. No one besides Carew got more than one hit and the Twins came out on the short end. Al Worthington added the “L” to his record. Carew accomplished this feat three times at the Met wearing a Minnesota uniform. The only other Twins players to have 5 hits in a Met Stadium game were Leo Cardenas and Ted Uhlaender. Box Score

Rod Carew

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