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Opening Night Pitchers: Twins at Anaheim

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HAPPY BASEBALL DAY! Finally, after months of waiting, baseball is back tonight - real, live, honest-to-goodness counts-in-the-standings baseball.It doesn't seem quite like Opening Day when it's completely dark here in Minnesota before the first pitch is thrown, but I suppose somebody has to open the season on the West Coast.

I'll have the game thread up later tonight, but for now, a look at tonight's game...

Probable Pitchers


Scott Baker

#30 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-4

220

R

R

Sep 19, 1981


 

Baker is making his first Opening Day start for the Twins. You may remember that he started last season hurt, then got bombed for two months; he was 2-6 on June 1, but turned it around the last four months to finish 15-9. Baker had a 3.67 ERA over that span, statistics that the team hopes he duplicates.

In the spring this year, Baker was 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out 22 and walking just three batters in 22 innings.

 


Jered Weaver

#36 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels

6-7

205

R

R

Oct 04, 1982


Weaver is making his second Opening Day start for the Angels - with his first coming in 2008, also against the Twins. (The righthander lost that start - to Livan Hernandez, of all people - 3-2, as Carlos Gomez went 2-3 and scored twice.) He was Anaheim's workhorse last season, finishing 10th in the AL with 211 innings pitched, and was 16-8. Bert would be proud of him - he got decisions in 11 of his last 12 starts, going 6-5 over that stretch. Weaver also won a game in the ALDS and pitched three times in the ALCS against the Yankees, twice in relief.

Weaver was 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA in just over 17 innings of spring work. He struck out ten and walked four.

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