Twins at Orioles Series Preview
By Ben Noble
April 4, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) is congratulated by center fielder Adam Jones (10) after he hit a 2-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Twins are coming off a season-opening series win at home against the Tigers, and now begin a six-game road trip starting in Baltimore. Liam Hendriks will face Jake Arrieta at 2:05 today at Camden Yards in Baltimore’s home opener.
The Orioles were a surprise last year, winning 93 games to break a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons, and making the playoffs for the first time since 1997. You can read here about the similarities between the 2012 Orioles and the 2013 Twins. The Twins lost the series last year against the Orioles 2-5.
Baltimore began the season by taking 2 of 3 on the road against the Rays. First baseman Chris Davis has hit a home run in each of the Orioles first three games.
Brian Dozier returns after a day off, Ryan Doumit gets his first start behind the plate, and Eduardo Escobar starts his first game of the season.
Feb 19, 2013; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks (62) poses for a portrait during photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (34) at the Orioles clubhouse. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 and 3 Pitching Matchups
Vance Worley vs. Chris Tillman
Cole De Vries vs. Jason Hammel
Game 1 Lineups
Aaron Hicks CF Nate McLouth LF
Joe Mauer DH Manny Machado 3B
Josh Willingham LF Nick Markakis RF
Justin Morneau 1B Adam Jones CF
Ryan Doumit C Chris Davis 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B Matt Wieters C
Chris Parmelee RF J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Dozier 2B Ryan Flaherty 2B
Eduardo Escobar SS Nolan Reimold DH
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