Twins Drop Spring Training Opener


Although the Twins lost their first game of 2010 to the Red Sox, it was good just to get back on the field.

Nick Blackburn started and went 2 innings, giving up 1 hit. He didn’t walk or strike out a hitter.

Kevin Slowey came on next and threw 2 innings, giving up an early hit and striking out 2. He threw from the stretch quite a bit and reportedly looked comfortable. That’s the best news I take out of this game. A healthy Slowey is the key to go from fighting for the division title, to fighting for the AL Pennant.

Pat Neshek also looked good coming back from injury, throwing a scoreless inning with a strikeout. He could bolster an already deep bullpen.

Jason Kubel was the offensive star. He was 1-1 with a walk, and drove in the team’s lone run. Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Luke Hughes got the other Twins hits.

Dustin Pedroia and Josh Reddick were each 2-3 for the Sox.