• Twins Top Tampa 7-3 in Spring Opener

    This afternoon, the Twins made their official spring training debut and they came away with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    This got off to an ominous start for the Twins. Starter Carl Pavano gave up a two-run, first inning home run to Matt Joyce. In the bottom of the first, David Price hit Jamey Carroll in the helmet with a fastball. Carroll quickly got to his feet and went to first base. (He said later he was fine. It was a glancing blow.) Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each struck out looking to end that inning.

    Pavano pitched a scoreless second inning and then the Twins bullpen gave up just one more run the rest of the way.

    Here are some of the highlights from the Twins Spring Opener (Feel free to add to the list):
    • Denard Span went 2-3, and the time he got out, he stayed down on a tough Price pitch and grounded out.
    • Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau left the game healthy. Mauer drove in a run with a 3rd inning single. Morneau drove in a run with a 5th inning.
    • Ryan Doumit was 1-2 with a walk and a double. Danny Valencia drilled a double to the right centerfield gap.
    • Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 2-3 with a long triple over the right fielder's head.
    • Chris Parmelee went 2-2, although he did have a base running gaffe late in the game.
    • Chris Herrmann came in late and drilled an RBI single.
    • Matt Maloney pitched the 8th inning and struck out the side. My assumption is that Wayne Krivsky was smiling while watching that!
    • Brian Duensing threw two scoreless innings. He was followed by one scoreless inning each from Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett and Maloney. Anthony Swarzak gave up one run in the 9th inning.
    • Cory Provus made his debut as the Twins play-by-play voice and it's clear he will do a good job.
    What other observations did you take from the Twins first spring training game?
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Top Tampa 7-3 in Spring Opener started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Gardenhire also started a lineup that looks a lot like what we expected for Opening Day - except that Plouffe was playing left field. It looks like he is at least thinking about a real platoon there.
    1. @_2244's Avatar
      @_2244 -
      Provus seems like he'll be a nice fit. Heard him mention the score more times over the course of a coupla innings then Gordo had since about '98. This is a good thing.
    1. Steer's Avatar
      Steer -
      Good day overall. All the highlights listed answer concerns in positive ways, no injuries the biggest. May things progress as spring marches on.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Honestly, it's hard to really find much negative from this game. Our guys that we need to be healthy all produced a little, and were still healthy at the end of the game; Nishioka was a pleasant surprise (still not holding my breath on him); and Parmelee started out hot.
      Maybe, best of all, it was live, outdoor baseball!
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      It's also worth noting that the 3 guys we're most worried about all had decent games. Span was 2-3 & Mauer & Morneau drove in the 1st 2 runs.
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      Danny Valencia drilled a double to the right centerfield gap.
      That's one of the bigger things to watch this spring/season - does Valencia begin to use the entire field, particularly the middle of the field he used so well in 2010.
    1. tobynotjason's Avatar
      tobynotjason -
      "Nishioka," he said, ever so tentatively.
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