Last night, the Minnesota Twins faced off against the University of Minnesota. Welcoming the Gophers into Hammond Stadium, the Twins were set to get their first game action of the spring in. After the dust settle, the major league team ended up looking like just that. An imposing performance, the Twins started things off on the right foot.
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Kicking off the action for the Twins on the mound was prospect Jose Berrios. Making the first start of the spring after an impressive 2014 campaign, Berrios picked up right where he left off. Despite a shaky first, hitting a batter and allowing a run, Berrios battled and turned in an impressive performance. Striking out four over the course of two innings, Berrios allowed his easy motion to carry his electric stuff to the plate. The Twins had to come away impressed from their young pitcher’s first start of the 2015 season.
In their first inning at the plate, the Twins brought up many of their most exciting prospects. Byron Buxton allowed his hustle on the basepaths to pull off what was his first of two doubles, and Miguel Sano laced a ball back up the middle in his first plate appearance. Watching Sano follow Kennys Vargas in the batting order, and highlight the power portion of the lineup, is something Twins fans have to be excited about coming to fruition.
Vargas showed some opposite field power in his first at bat, going with a pitch and driving a double the opposite way to center. Young prospect, Jorge Polanco, showed off a solid bat of his own taking the Gophers deep for the Twins first home run of the spring.
Facing his former college, Glen Perkins came in and looked every bit as dominant as Twins fans have come to know of him. Getting three batters in succession, Perkins made quick work of the overmatched collegiate lineup.
The Twins face off against the Boston Red Sox today as the matchup pits Fort Myers two Spring Training teams against each other.
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