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    Game 1 (Opening Day!!!) - at Baltimore

    The Twins announced their lineup yesterday.

    1. Denard Span, CF
    2. Jamey Carroll, SS
    3. Joe Mauer, C
    4. Justin Morneau, DH
    5. Josh Willingham, LF
    6. Ryan Doumit, RF
    7. Danny Valencia, 3B
    8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
    9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

    Starting pitcher: RH Carl Pavano


    While the O's will trot this out:

    #OpeningDay lineup vs MIN: Reimold LF, Hardy SS, Markakis RF, Jones CF, Wieters C, Betemit DH, Davis 1B, Andino 2B, Arrieta P
    The Twins haven't seen much of Arrieta, with Alexi Casilla's five plate appearances being the most among Minnesota's hitters. Arrieta has a four-pitch arsenal - fastball, slider, curve and change - and had been very inconsistent against left-handed opponents, walking 14.6% of all lefties faced. This should bode well for the Twins port-siders.

    By the way, stop by the "Pick 2 Cliq" contest, select which Twins hitter you think will perform the best today and win $50 in free liquor.

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    It's like the first day of school. Excited and scared at the same time. What's going to happen? Granted it's only one game, but I remember how bad the opening game was last year and look what happened...
    I bent my wookie...

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    Leaving work at noon... I haven't worked on the afternoon of Opening Day in my X years of being employed... Nothing better!

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    This was the aftermath of last year's opening day:

    PavanoPickin.jpg

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    Parker, you are missing Baltimore's 3B (Reynolds) who will be batting between Wieters and Betemit

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    That's a priceless screencap Parker
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    Hopefully there will be no nose picking today.

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    Unlike yesterday, I think we will see lots of runs scored today. Like the rest of the season, the question will be "can we score enough runs to overcome our inconsistant pitching"?

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    Game Score picks? I've got the Twins winning 6-4

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    Twins 9, Orioles 1

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    Pavano the true athlete! Him and his huge hands...

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    Is Pavano throwing all changeups, or is 83 his 2012 fastball?

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    Meet the new Twins, same as the old Twins!

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    Well maybe we'll only lose 98 games instead of 99 this year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
    Is Pavano throwing all changeups, or is 83 his 2012 fastball?
    His FB was that 86 that went to the stands
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    Pavano's lack of velocity is... troubling. He's throwing 10 MPH slower than Arrieta.

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    Went up to 87 with that last looking strike... I think last season he was 89ish so he is getting there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
    Twins 9, Orioles 1
    Quickly ruined prediction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    Went up to 87 with that last looking strike... I think last season he was 89ish so he is getting there.
    You say that like it's a good thing.

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    Carroll's had a couple of gems so far. Nice to see solid defense at the SS.

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