Nick Blackburn. Opening Day starter.
Before we get on with today's game thread, I'd like to address some of the comments I've heard and read about our team's 0-3 start. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Atlanta Braves are all 0-3 this season.
And now I'd like to make a reminder about small sample sizes. This season, Miguel Cabrera has 3 home runs, and has scored 5 runs. Which, if it continues, he will hit 162 home runs, and score 270 runs. Neither of those things will happen. Cabrera will end up hitting about 35 home runs. And that's going to be about it. There. Done. On to the game thread.
Nick Blackburn makes his season debut today against C.J. Wilson and the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. Last time Wilson faced the Twins, in addition to making some of the more hipster inclined ladies swoon, he only lasted 4 innings and 81 pitches. Alexi Casilla was the only member of the starting lineup who didn't get a hit. He has been very hitable, and rather wild in his career, so the key to the game today, seems to be patience.
TWINS Span CF Carroll SS Mauer 1B Morneau DH Willingham LF Doumit C Valencia 3B Plouffe RF Casilla 2B ANGELS Aybar SS Kendrick 2B Pujols 1B Morales DH Hunter RF Abreu LF Callaspo 3B Ianetta C Bourjos CF