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Minnesota Twin Home Openers - all of them.


mikelink45

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blog-0086441001553903050.jpgThe home opening games:

We have a long history of opening games now and I got to wondering what our record is. Here is the summary of games.

 

1961 – Our first opening game was 1961 and who did we play – the new replacement Washington Senators. Pascual pitched and went 8 innings with three runs and reliever Moore gave up two and lost the game. Mincher and Green hit HRs. 3 – 5

1962 – Los Angeles Angels clobbered us 12 – 5. Jim Kaat started and gave up 4 in 4. Versalles, Green and Rollins hit HRs.

1963 – we lost our third straight opener – 4 – 5 to Cleveland. Pascual 5 runs in 7 innings. Green had a third opening game HR in three seasons and Vic Power added a HR.

1964 – finally we won, playing the Senators again and winning 7 – 6. Pleis won, but Kaat started and made it for 2/3 inning giving up 4 runs. Rollins, Oliva and Mincher slugged HRs.

1965 – Two in a row – this time 5 – 4 against the Yankees. Kaat went nine innings, but we won in 10 and a pitcher named Fosnow got the win. No HRs.

1966 – We beat KC 2 – 1. Mudcat Grant pitched a full game and won. No HRs

1967 – we beat the Tigers 5 – 3. Four in a row. Boswell went seven and Merritt ended the game and got the win. Allision and Versalles hit HRs.

1968 – Versus the Senators for the third opener in our short history. We won 13 – 1. Jim Merritt pitched a complete game. Killebrew, Hernandez and Tovar HRs.

1969 – We beat the Angels 6 – 0 giving us six openers in a row. Tommy Hall threw a complete game shutout. No HRs

1970 – Oakland went down 8 – 2. Kaat complete game win. No HRs.

1971 – The Brewers broke the winning streak 2 – 7. Perry went only 4.1 innings and took the loss. No HRs.

1972 – Back to winning 8 – 4 over Oakland. Blyleven complete game win. Darwin HRs for Twins.

1973 – Oakland 8 – 4 again – déjà vu. Kaat won, Hisle and Darwin HRs.

1974 – Twins over White Sox – 3 – 1. Blyleven wins and Hisle HRs.

1975 – The Angels beat us 3 – 7. Goltz gave up six.

1976 – White Sox beat us 1 – 4. Blyleven start and loss.

1977 – Oakland beat us 2 – 3. Thormodsgard (WHO?) was our opening day starter. Carew hit a HR.

1978 – We beat the Mariners 14 – 5. Zahn pitched complete game victory.

1979 – the Angels shut us out 0 – 6. Goltz loss giving up 5 in 4.1 innings.

1980 – Beat the Angels 8 – 1. Zahn complete game win and Smalley HR.

1981 – Loss to Oakland 1 – 5. Koosman 7 innings and 4 runs.

 

1982 – Seattle Mariners loss 7 – 11. Redfern loss, Engle and Gaetti HRs.

1983 – Loss to Detroit 3 – 11. A real WHO? – Havens starts and gives up 8 in 1.1 innings.

1984 – Detroit beat us 1 – 8. Williams ??? our starter. 6 in 6.1.

1985 – Angels beat us 0 – 5. Zahn beats his old team and Smithson continues the no-name set of opening starters and gives up 5 in 7.

1986 – We beat the Mariners 5 – 1. Blyleven won and that famous closer – Davis got the save. Gaetti and Brunansky HRs.

1987 – Victory over Oakland 5 – 4. Blyleven won and Frazier Save. Puckett HR.

1988 – Blue Jays lost 6 – 3. Blyleven one, Reardon save – three in a row, three different closers. Gladden and Gaetti HRs.

1989 – Viola lost to the Yankees 2 – 4.

1990 – Twins beat Angels 13 – 1. Tapani 8 shutout innings. Puckett and Harper HRs.

1991 – Twins shut out Angels 6 – 0. Tapani shut out.

 

1992 – Twins beat Texas 7 – 1. Tapani gave up one run and won. Mack HR.

1993 – White Sox won 5 – 10. Bad day for Tapani with 9 runs in 3 innings. Puckett and Winfield gave us two HOF HRs.

1994 – Loss 2 – 8 to the Angels. Tapani had another bad one – 7 runs in 3.1 innings. Munoz and Winfield HRs.

1995 – We beat the Oriols 7 – 4. Tapani gave up 3 in 5 innings and Aquilera saved.

1996 – Twins 8 – Tigers 6. Radtke six innings and one run. Stahoviak home run.

1997 – Twins 7 – Tigers 5. Radtke gave up 5 in 5 and Aquilera won. Pat Meares HR.

1998 – KC Royals won 5 – 9. Radke gave up 5 in 5 again. Ortiz HR.

1999 – We beat the Blue Jays 6 – 1. Radtke went seven for the victory.

2000 – Twins lost 7 – 0 to Tampa Bay. Radtke gave up 6 in 5 to continue a mediocre, at best, opening game record.

2001 – Twins 11 – Detroit 5. Radtke again 7.1 innings 3 runs. Mientkiewicz and Guzman HRs.

2002 – Twins 4 – Tigers 2. Radtke 6.2 – 2 runs.

2003 – Twins 2 – Blue Jay 7. Another no name opening day starter – Reed – pitched six and gave up 4. Mientkiewicz HR.

2004 – Twins beat Indians 7 – 4. Radtke 6 and 4 runs. Rincon won. Shannon Steward HR.

2005 – We lost to White Sox 1 – 5. Lohse lost 5.1 innings, 4 runs.

2006 – Twins 7 – Oakland 6. Radtke 7 Innings, 4 runs. Bautista and Morneau HR.

2007 – Twins 7 – Baltimore 4. Santana won. Six innings and four runs. Morneau and Hunter HRs.

2008 – Twins 3 – Angels 2. Livan Hernandez won.

2009 – Twins 1 – Mariners 6. Liriano lost – 7 innings, 4 runs.

2010 – Twins 5 – Boston 2. Pavano won and Kubel HR.

2011 – Twins 2 – Oakland 1. Pavano and Nathan for the Twins.

2012 – Twins 1 – Angels 5. Blackburn 6 innings, 5 runs. Willingham HR

2013 – Twins 2 – Tigers 4. Worley – remember him! – lost.

2014 – Twins 3 – Oakland 8. Correia and Deduno took the mound.

2015 – The Royals beat us 3 – 12. May started and gave up 5 in 5. Plouffe HR.

2016 – Twins 1 – White Sox 4. Gibson lost.

2017 – Twins 7 – Royals 1. Santana won. Sano HR

2018 – Twins 4 – Mariners 2. Gibson start, Duke win, Rodney save. Sano and Garver HR.

2019 – Twins 2 – Indians 0. Berrios start and won. Rogers Save.

The Twins have a 33 – 16 home opener record!

In Season openers there is a different set of statistics. Pedro Ramos started the very first season opener in 1961. Radtke had the most season opening starts and Blyleven was second.

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Frankly, I avoid the opener. It’s a day for amateur baseball fans. My tradition is to go to the second game (sometimes the third game). I’ll be there in the cold with the true, crazy

fans willing to brave the elements. 35 degrees at game time.

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Frankly, I avoid the opener. It’s a day for amateur baseball fans. My tradition is to go to the second game (sometimes the third game). I’ll be there in the cold with the true, crazy
fans willing to brave the elements. 35 degrees at game time.

Enjoy yourself.  Openers - team, not pitchers - are a worthy celebration for those unable to make spring training and home openers are often after some games have been played. 

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Just because opening day draws more casual fans doesn"t mean the die hards can't enjoy it as well. Back in the day I went to every UMD hockey game an hour early. They sucked then, so I usually had the place to myself at first, except for the openers. Didnt lose any excitement for me sharing the experience with more people.

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