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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:24 AM

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.

#2 Gernzy

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:29 AM

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...

#3 Seth Stohs

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:30 AM

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

#4 Parker Hageman

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:31 AM

This was the aftermath of last year's opening day:
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#5 SweetOne69

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

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

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

That's a priceless screencap Parker
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#7 Yoshii

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

Hopefully there will be no nose picking today.

#8 minn55441

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:18 AM

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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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:03 PM

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

#10 Shane Wahl

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Twins 9, Orioles 1

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:20 PM

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

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

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

#13 DrJubal

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:27 PM

Meet the new Twins, same as the old Twins!

#14 Yoshii

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:30 PM

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

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

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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#16 Nick Nelson

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

Pavano's lack of velocity is... troubling. He's throwing 10 MPH slower than Arrieta.

#17 Thrylos

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:38 PM

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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#18 Shane Wahl

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:39 PM

Twins 9, Orioles 1


Quickly ruined prediction.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:47 PM

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.

#20 DrJubal

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

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