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Twins Break Spring Training, Prepare For Opening Day

Team Providing Free Lunch Thursday To Help Celebrate

March 26, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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All their bags are packed, they're ready to leave.  It's the end of over six weeks of drills, games and getting ready for the grind of another baseball season. 

Spring Training came to an end Sunday following a 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.  The team is off to Washington for one more exhibition against the Nationals on Tuesday, then it's for real Thursday in Baltimore.  The Twins have until Wednsday to set their opening day lineup.  

2018 has been different.  With some quality additions in the off-season and during the spring, the Twins are deeper than they have been in recent seasons. 

New addition Jake Odorizzi will be the starting pitcher on opening day.  After spending last season in Tampa, Odorizzi will be a crucial addition to the staff.  Last year's opening day starter Ervin Santana, is out until at least mid-April with a finger injury.  

Anibal Sanchez, Logan Morrison, Erick Aybar and Lance Lynn were also added during the spring (Sanchez was released in mid-March) and provide the veteran depth the team thinks will help get them deeper into the playoffs following last season's wild-card loss to the Yankees. 

Twins Manager Paul Molitor told WCCO Radio that the addition of a player like Lance Lynn is exciting.  "We've made a lot of changes to our pitching rotation and our bullpen.  Lance couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to come in here and pitch for us.  The way he has pitched and after missing most of spring training, he's brought a lot of hope.  We've talked about stretching out our options with who can start for us, and when you can come out with people like Lynn, Odorizzi, then throw in Berrios, Gibson, Hughes and of course Ervin Santanta coming back, we're going to be competitive each and every day you take the field."

Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson told WCCO, "It's been a good start this spring.  We've good a good feeling coming back from August and September last year".  

Expectations are definitely higher in 2018, and the team seems prepared to live up to them. 

Thursday's game in Baltimore will start at 2:05pm.  You can hear the pregame at 1:30pm with Kris Atteberry, Cory Provus and Dan Gladden right here on the Home of Twins Baseball, News Radio 830 WCCO!  The home opener will be April 5th vs. Seattle at Target Field.

To help celebrate opening day, the Twins are offering free lunch for Downtown Minneapolis workers on the Nicollet Mall!  The team will have their food truck located at 10th and Nicollet from 11:30am-12:30pm.  Twins Alumni and TC Bear will also be there along with WCCO Radio.  

 

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