Three-game series at Target Field
Thursday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP James Paxton (0-1, 11.57)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
Twins RHP Jose Berrios (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Mike Leake (1-0, 2.57)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM
RHP Lance Lynn (0-1, 11.25) vs. LHP Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.26)
The Twins are 31-26 in home openers but only 3-5 at Target Field. … This is their fifth home opener against Seattle (2-2 in the first four); they lost the last one, in 2009, 6-1 when Felix Hernandez beat Francisco Liriano. … Thursday’s game kicks off a 10-game, 11-day homestand (three vs. Mariners, three vs. Houston, four vs. the White Sox), followed by two “home” games vs. Cleveland in Puerto Rico. … The Twins’ earliest home opener was April 1 (2013), and the coldest was 33 degrees (1962, at Met Stadium). … Pregame ceremonies start at 2:25 p.m.
Dee Gordon, a three-time National League stolen base champion, was traded to Seattle from Miami during the offseason and switched from second base to the outfield. … Paxton was 12-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 136 innings in an injury-shortened 2017 season. An offseason resident of Eau Claire, Wis., he is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts vs. the Twins. … The Twins will miss Hernandez, the 2010 Cy Young Award winner, who pitched Wednesday night in San Francisco. … OF Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Mariners at age 44. … Seattle was 78-84 last season, 23 games behind West winner Houston and seven games behind the Twins for the second wild-card spot.