Jake Odorizzi was named the Opening Day starting pitcher for the Twins, making him the team’s 10th different Opening Day starter since 2007. The other nine: Johan Santana (2007), Livan Hernandez (2008), Francisco Liriano (2009), Scott Baker (2010), Carl Pavano (2011 and 2012), Vance Worley (2013), Ricky Nolasco (2014), Phil Hughes (2015) and Ervin Santana (2016 and 2017).
The Timberwolves are entering a relatively easy stretch of games to finish the season. but as they get set to play at the lottery-bound Knicks (6:30 p.m., FSN), remember that Minnesota is just 11-16 against Eastern Conference foes this year.
“Polanco may have taken a roster spot of a ‘clean’ competitor. For that player whose livelihood is impacted, there may be little sympathy.”
“jplamp9” commenting on startribune.com.
“Saquon Barkley might not be the perfect prospect, but his skill set suits today’s NFL very well.”