The last time the Twins started a season 3-0 was 2007 when they swept the Orioles at the Dome. 

Ramon Ortiz pitched the third game of the series. Remember Ortiz? He jumped out to a 3-0 start in 2007, making the Twins look like geniuses for signing him. Then he fell apart. Jeff Cirillo, Garrett Jones, Brian Buscher and Jason Tyner all played for the Twins that season. Ah, the memories.
Kyle Gibson is on the mound for the Twins today, eager to show off the mechanical adjustments he's made. This is as confident I've seen Gibson at the beginning of the season. Last year, he was a man on a mission who landed on the DL early in the season and couldn't put it all together once he got healthy. There's a different vibe around him this season, like he knows to he's going to pitch well.
"He's a big part of what we're trying to do around here," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Gibson is a sinkerball guy who has improved his other other pitches through the years. He's not a strikeout artist, so the defense behind him must be ready. They have looked sharp in two games. Byron Buxton made two nice catches in the opener. Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier made strong plays in the late innings on Wednesday.
Did you notice who the first baseman was late yesterday? Miguel Sano, who took some grounders at first during spring training but never appeared in a game there.
When asked how comfortable he was at first, Sano paused, smiled and said, "That was my first time playing there in the major leagues."
But Sano did make a nice scoop on Escobar's throw from nearly short center to nab Eric Hosmer in the ninth innning. Sano eventually will end up at first base, I think we all know that. So it won't be a surprise to see him shifted over there a couple times - at least before Kennys Vargas or ByungHo Park arrive from Class AAA Rochester.
Speaking of Rochester, today is the season opener. Jose Berrios is on the mound for the Red Wing against Syracuse.
Danny Santana is in the lineup today. Phil Hughes, Adalberto Mejia. Michael Tonkin and Craig Breslow will be the only Twins to have not appeared in a game once the first pitch is throw today.
Alex Gordon, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Salvador Perez, C
Brandon Moss, DH
Paulo Orlando, RF
Alcides Escobar, SS
Raul Mondesi, 2B
Jason Hammel, RHP
Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Byron Buxton, CF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jorge Polanco, SS
Eddie Rosario, DH
Danny Santana, LF
Kyle Gibson, RHP

Older Post

Postgame: Haley downplays his MLB debut; Grossman bats 9th as DH

Newer Post

Twins postgame: Thoughts on Polanco, Buxton and the Royals