Apr 082011

The Twins returned home to Target Field tonight after a nightmare of a trip to New York that included a rainout, Tsuyoshi Nishioka breaking his leg on a Nick Swisher slide and a couple of losses. But in baseball you move on and what better way than playing your home opener in front of the Minnesota fans. Carl Pavano gave them something to cheer about, tossing a 4 hit, 1 run beauty. The A’s batters just couldn’t get it going against Pavano, he had them befuddled.

Denard Span

True the A’s were struggling at the plate, but the Twins weren’t exactly lighting it up either. And the A’s did have one run. While Pavano’s pitching keeping the A’s easily within reach the Twins patiently waited for their chance. And it came in the bottom of the eight. With Danny Valencia aboard pinch hitter Jason Kubel kept the inning alive with a single. Denard Span stayed hot driving in Valencia to tie up the game with 2 outs in the bottom of eight. Then Joe Mauer put them in front with yet another hit. Combined with the Twins pitching effort that’s all it took. Two runs. Win number 3. And it gets even better, the two teams face off again tomorrow night with Nick Blackburn pitching for the Twins.

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