David Price and the Detroit Tigers proved to be too much for the Minnesota Twins on opening day, as Minnesota was shutout 4-0. It was the seventh straight year the Twins have lost on opening day. Phil Hughes started for the Twins and his outing reminded us of his days in the Bronx. Hughes surrendered two homeruns to J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila and the Twins were down 3-0 heading into the middle innings.
The offense did not register a hit against Price until a Kennys Vargas single in the fourth. Minnesota's best chance came in the top of the sixth when the bottom of the order in Kurt Suzuki and Jordan Schafer led off with back-back singles. Danny Santana struck out on three pitches and then Brian Dozier bounced into an inning ending double play. Detroit would get one more back in the bottom half and the that would be the end of Hughes' day. Hughes went six innings; giving up eight hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts. Rule-five-pick J.R. Graham pitched the last two and did not impress either.
In the top of the ninth and Price one out away from the complete-game shutout, Dozier and Joe Mauer hit back-back singles. Brad Ausmus would pull Price to the chagrin of the Detroit faithful. Former Minnesota Twin and Tigers closer Joe Nathan came in to face Torii Hunter. With Hunter down in the count 1-2, umpire Joe West was getting hungry and rings up Hunter on a pitch well outside of the zone. Minnesota is 0-1 in 2015 are back in action on Wednesday, first pitch at 12pm with Ricky Nolasco against Anibal Sanchez.