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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: PavanoPickin.jpg

#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!!

#15 Thrylos

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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.

#21 Intramural Legend

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:51 PM

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


Little nervous how close that play ended up being considering how hard the ball was hit. Overall it has to be better than the crap we rolled out last year.

#22 gunnarthor

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

What's the on field delay?

#23 Intramural Legend

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

What's the on field delay?


Idiot on the field

#24 twinsfan1127

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Offense would be nice...

#25 chavez

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Startin' to get on em'

#26 Intramural Legend

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Walks will haunt

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

This game thread is every bit as exciting as the game itself.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

This game thread is every bit as exciting as the game itself.


I agree. Was hoping this thread would be a legitimate alternative to KFANs crap flinging threads.

#29 Nick Nelson

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

This game thread is every bit as exciting as the game itself.

What is there to say? Pavano somehow getting by while tossing underhand and Twins hitters repeatedly grounding out to the pitcher. One club is looking very unprepared for the start of the season.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

Joe Nathan looked pretty good closing the Rangers game out.