Minnesota Twins fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Opening Day say the team head down to Kansas City and take a 2-0 victory on the back of Pablo Lopez and a resurgent bullpen.
Of course, Joey Gallo and Trevor Larnach get credit as well. Larnach batted in a run, as did Donovan Solano, while Gallo was instrumental in getting the Twins out of a fifth inning jam that could have blown things wide open.
Gallo was also subjected to a sneaky shift by the Royals, the same one we saw the Boston Red Sox try on him in Spring Training. Expect to see that again today when the Twins are back in action, hoping to keep the winning streak going.
Twins fans don’t need to be reminded of how high the expectations are this season, and so far the team has delivered. It’s one game, but watching newly acquired starter Pablo Lopez pitch into the sixth inning while not allowing a single run on just two hits is extremely promising. As was watching a string of relievers enter the game and not allow a hit to Kansas City.
It’s not sustainable, but it’s a solid foundation of hope that things will be different than last year. Up until the injuries tanked the season the Twins were a fun team and it looks like they’re tapping back into that right out of the gate this year.
Minnesota Twins starting lineup today vs. Kansas City Royals (April 1, 2023)
Just like on Opening Day, the Twins will be facing a right-handed pitcher on Saturday. The Royals are starting Jordan Lyles, and he’ll be going up against Sonny Gray on the mound for Minnesota.
Max Kepler is once again leading off for the Twins, a decision that Aaron Gleeman over at The Athletic expertly broke down.
It’s another game featuring Byron Buxton in the designated hitter role, something that worked out in the first game but is a health precaution as he settles into the season. Buxton will likely be used in this role or the time being, as Rocco is wasting no time in utilizing Michael A. Taylor out in center to help give Buxton adequate time to get full healthy.
Here’s a look at the second lineup of the season for the Minnesota Twins:
Michael A. Taylor
This is the same identical lineup that Rocco Baldelli put together for Opening Day, which also featured a right-handed pitcher on the mound for Kansas City.
How to watch Minnesota Twins today: Twins vs Royals live stream, start time, TV channel and radio
As far as how to watch this lineup and what it looks like in the second game of the season, here’s where you can catch the game.
Beware that Bally Sports North is nearly impossible to find if you don’t have cable, which is an issue that likely led to its parent company going bankrupt. For the time being, listening to Cory Provus and Dan Gladdne on the Twins Radio Network might be the best bet until MLB figures out what to do about the whole situation.
- Date: Saturday, April 1
- Time: 3:10 p.m. CT
- TV Channel: Bally Sports North
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) | MLB.tv
- Radio: WCCO 830AM | Find your local station here
Some games are broadcast on MLB Network, but if you’re local in Minnesota then the game will be blacked out due to television rights restrictions. Anyone in the Twins viewing bubble will either see another game or a studio show rather than the Twins game.
Folks outside of the viewing area may see the Twins game depending on what other action MLB Network has and what hte viewing restrictions are in your area.