Twins at Orioles Series Preview


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

Saturday, 6:05:

Vance Worley vs. Chris Tillman

Sunday, 12:35:

Cole De Vries vs. Jason Hammel

          Game 1 Lineups

Twins                                                                                                      Orioles
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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