• Series Preview: Tigers @ Twins, 4/1

    Twins vs Tigers Opening SeriesIt's Opening Day!

    In a rare Opening Day homestand, Target Field looks to be blustery and cold for the home opener as baseball begins anew in 2013.

    Several questions linger from Spring Training... How will the Twins pitching staff hold up amidst several injuries? How will the new pick-ups Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, and Mike Pelfrey perform in this opening set against the reigning division champs?

    Game one will pit trade acquisition Vance Worley against former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

    Game two will see free agent acquisition Kevin Correia line up against Anibal Sanchez.

    Game three has Tommy John recipient Mike Pelfrey square off against Rick Porcello.

    2012 Team Statistics:

    Twins:
    Joe Mauer 147 545 81 174 31 4 10 85 243 90 88 8 .319 .416 .446 .861 4.9
    Ben Revere 124 511 70 150 13 6 0 32 175 29 54 40 .294 .333 .342 .675 1.7
    Denard Span 128 516 71 146 38 4 4 41 204 47 62 17 .283 .342 .395 .738 2.8
    Ryan Doumit 134 484 56 133 34 1 18 75 223 29 98 0 .275 .320 .461 .781 2.1
    Jamey Carroll 138 470 65 126 18 1 1 40 149 52 65 9 .268 .343 .317 .660 1.8
    Justin Morneau 134 505 63 135 26 2 19 77 222 49 102 1 .267 .333 .440 .773 1.1
    Josh Willingham 145 519 85 135 30 1 35 110 272 76 141 3 .260 .366 .524 .890 4.4
    Darin Mastroianni 77 163 22 41 3 2 3 17 57 18 45 21 .252 .328 .350 .678 0.4
    Alexi Casilla 106 299 33 72 17 2 1 30 96 16 52 21 .241 .282 .321 .603 0.4
    Trevor Plouffe 119 422 56 99 19 1 24 55 192 37 92 1 .235 .301 .455 .756 1.8
    Brian Dozier 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 105 16 58 9 .234 .271 .332 .603 0.5
    Chris Parmelee 64 192 18 44 10 2 5 20 73 13 52 0 .229 .290 .380 .671 -0.2
    Matt Carson 26 66 3 15 1 0 0 4 16 2 21 0 .227 .246 .242 .489 -0.3
    Eduardo Escobar 14 44 4 10 0 0 0 6 10 2 8 1 .227 .271 .227 .498 -0.1
    Pedro Florimon 43 137 16 30 5 2 1 10 42 10 30 3 .219 .272 .307 .579 0.1
    Tigers:
    Hernan Perez 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0.0
    Miguel Cabrera 161 622 109 205 40 0 44 139 377 66 98 4 .330 .393 .606 .999 7.5
    Andy Dirks 88 314 56 101 18 5 8 35 153 23 53 1 .322 .370 .487 .857 1.9
    Avisail Garcia 23 47 7 15 0 0 0 3 15 3 10 0 .319 .373 .319 .692 -0.1
    Prince Fielder 162 581 83 182 33 1 30 108 307 85 84 1 .313 .412 .528 .940 5.0
    Austin Jackson 137 543 103 163 29 10 16 66 260 67 134 12 .300 .377 .479 .856 4.9
    Gerald Laird 63 174 24 49 8 1 2 11 65 14 21 0 .282 .337 .374 .710 0.6
    Delmon Young 151 574 54 153 27 1 18 74 236 20 112 0 .267 .296 .411 .707 -0.7
    Quintin Berry 94 291 44 75 10 6 2 29 103 25 80 21 .258 .330 .354 .684 0.9
    Omar Infante 64 226 27 58 7 5 4 20 87 9 23 7 .257 .283 .385 .668 0.4
    Bryan Holaday 6 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .250 .250 .333 .583 0.0
    Alex Avila 116 367 42 89 21 2 9 48 141 61 104 2 .243 .352 .384 .736 1.7
    Brennan Boesch 132 470 52 113 22 2 12 54 175 26 104 6 .240 .286 .372 .659 -0.4
    Jhonny Peralta 150 531 58 127 32 3 13 63 204 49 105 1 .239 .305 .384 .689 1.1
    Danny Worth 43 74 9 16 3 0 0 3 19 13 23 0 .216 .330 .257 .586 0.1
    Ramon Santiago 93 228 19 47 7 1 2 17 62 20 39 1 .206 .283 .272 .555 -0.6
    Jeff Baker 15 35 1 7 2 0 0 4 9 2 10 0 .200 .243 .257 .500 -0.1
    Brad Eldred 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 6 1 6 0 .188 .235 .375 .610 -0.1
    Don Kelly 75 113 14 21 2 1 1 7 28 14 22 2 .186 .276 .248 .523 -0.6
    Ryan Raburn 66 205 14 35 14 0 1 12 52 13 53 1 .171 .226 .254 .480 -1.6
    Comments 293 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      The Twins are trying really hard to keep my productivity up by convincing me to go do some work.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Maybe not the season, but this game probably is ova.
    1. AlabamaTwinkie's Avatar
      AlabamaTwinkie -
      I haven't seen a pitcher look more like he is throwing BP then Worley does right now.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Well, that was an ugly play by everyone involved, including the runner.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Florimon should have had that.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Oh. My. Goodness.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Swing and a miss! Thake that Chiefsie.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaTwinkie View Post
      I haven't seen a pitcher look more like he is throwing BP then Worley does right now.
      See: Nick Blackburn
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaTwinkie View Post
      I haven't seen a pitcher look more like he is throwing BP then Worley does right now.
      You've never seen Blackburn pitch?
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      See: Nick Blackburn
      Ha.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Swing and a miss! Thake that Chiefsie.
      Comment not valid. Entry into contest not registered prior to deadline. Since I was the only contest entry, I win!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Florimon should have had that.
      Or, Mauer could have thrown it to 2nd base. Either way.
    1. AlabamaTwinkie's Avatar
      AlabamaTwinkie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      See: Nick Blackburn
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      You've never seen Blackburn pitch?
      I try to keep him as far away from my memory as I can, but still he lingers.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Swinging at ball three, these Twins are a riot.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Wow Plouffe got screwed on those calls.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      so for free, I can "watch" the game on cbs on my phone, but can only get box scores and plays on mlb....what is mlb thinking?
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      When does Gopher Football start???
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      so for free, I can "watch" the game on cbs on my phone, but can only get box scores and plays on mlb....what is mlb thinking?
      Welcome to the obtuse and vexing MLB blackout policy.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      No, it is about the fact that you have to pay to even see balls and strikes, as far as I can tell in my quick looksee on mlb.atbat, but on cbs I can see every pitch on the gamecast. Unless I am missing something, Brock.

      As for the blackout rules, they are insane. completely and utterly insane. Who cares if I see FSN on a tv or a phone or a computer? It's just so 1986.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      No, it is about the fact that you have to pay to even see balls and strikes, as far as I can tell in my quick looksee on mlb.atbat, but on cbs I can see every pitch on the gamecast. Unless I am missing something, Brock.

      As for the blackout rules, they are insane. completely and utterly insane. Who cares if I see FSN on a tv or a phone or a computer? It's just so 1986.
      Ah, I misunderstood. I thought CBS might be broadcasting the game nationally or something.

      I'm not a fan of MLB's new policy of charging for GameDay. Too many others offer the service for free. It's a mistake (though one that doesn't impact me personally, as I subscribe to MLB.tv). That's what you're talking about, right?
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