Twins Pay the Price on Opening Day

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The Minnesota Twins were shut out on opening day by David Price and the Detroit Tigers as the fell in Detroit, 3-0.  It’s the first time since 2000 that the Twins failed to score a run on opening day and have now lost seven straight opening day games. Price pitched 8.2 innings and gave up five hits, while striking out five.

The Twins struggled offensively, mustering only five hits (all singles). While Phil Hughes looked rocky during his first opening day start of his career.

Hughes pitched 14 innings against the Tigers last season and gave up only two runs. In the second inning today he gave up three runs. It was a second inning to forget for Hughes. He gave up two home runs after only giving up 16 all of last season. Hughes pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs.

Apr 6, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher

Kurt Suzuki

(8) hands the ball to relief pitcher

J.R. Graham

(62) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The lone bright spot for the Twins was Rule 5 Draft Pick, J.R. Graham. Graham pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Twins will look to rebound on Wednesday against Anibal Sanchez. Taking the ball for the Twins in the second game of the series will be Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco is looking to rebound from a rough 2014 campaign. He came into spring training in better shape and will look to help get Paul Molitor his first win as a manager. In order to do so, the bats will have to come alive for the Twins against Sanchez and the Tigers.

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