Notebook: Twins Beat Boston in Spring Training Opener
Image courtesy of © Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY SportsTwins 7, Red Sox 6 (7 innings)
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Standout pitcher: Taylor Rogers (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
Standout hitter: Miguel Sanó (two-run double, the team’s only extra-base hit)
Fastest pitch: Ian Hamilton 95.4 mph
Max exit velo: Mitch Garver 104.9 mph
Mitch Garver collected the first Twins hit of spring, a single that came off the bat with an exit velo of 104.9 mph. Jorge Polanco started at second base and walked in both of his plate appearances. Alex Kirilloff was 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Byron Buxton was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and (what sounded like) a nice catch at the wall. Twins 2020 first-round pick Aaron Sabato struckout in his only at-bat. Miguel Sanó delivered the biggest hit of the game for the Twins, a two-run double.
The only hit Twins starter Devin Smeltzer gave up over his two innings was a solo homer. Tyler Duffey gave up a pair of homers himself. New Twins Hansel Robles and Ian Hamilton each delivered a scoreless inning.
John's Report from The Fort today focused on fans being back at the ballpark, so make sure to go check that out. A limited number of fans were allowed in the stands — 2,154 to be exact — and Smeltzer soaked it all in.
Tomorrow: Twins at Rays 12:05 pm CT.
The first spring TV broadcast will be Wednesday afternoon on FSN. Twins starting pitchers the next four games are expected to be Lewis Thorpe, Charlie Barnes, José Berríos and Kenta Maeda.
Seven-inning games!?!? Yup. As Phil Miller reported for the Star Tribune, things are going to be a bit looser than usual this spring. In year’s past, teams would have the majority of their minor leaguers around at the complexes, and could pull from that player pool to provide an abundance of depth.
Games will all be seven innings at least through this first week, with the bottom of the seventh being played even if the home team is winning (which was the case today). Innings may be abandoned prior to three outs being recorded and players can re-enter games.
Basically, early Spring Training games are now informal scrimmages, but it sounds like we’ll see traditional exhibition games later in the month.
PSA: If you’re someone lucky enough to attend one of these Spring Training games, please keep in mind we’re counting on you to follow the rules and make a good impression. Police officers had to remove a fan from the stands at the Tigers’ Spring Training stadium, and were rewarded by having him throw a beer at them. Don’t be this guy. Don’t risk ruining this for the rest of us.
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