Twins Top Angels in Season Opener 3-2
The Minnesota Twins started the 2008 season off on the right foot with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at the Metrodome Monday, reported the Los Angeles Times.
In a game featuring longtime and fan favorite Twin Torii Hunter playing in the Metrodome as a opponent for the first time, the Twins were energized by two newcomers of their own.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez, acquired in the trade that sent Johan Santana to New York, had two hits and two runs in the game.
Free agent pitcher Livan Hernandez only allowed two runs in seven strong innings and was credited with the win.
Before the game Torii Hunter, signed to a $90 million dollar contract by the Angels in the off-season, drew a standing ovation from the home crowd which he dazzled with outstanding play over the past to years.
Despite a temperatures below freezing and wet snow, 49,596 fans packed the Metrodome, the most in 15 years according to the Los Angela Times. Thank goodness for the dome.
"It's nice to be inside today," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We wouldn't be playing in too many other places, that's for sure." (Associated Press)
Despite the less than ideal weather, the Twins will still be eager to get into their new ballpark in 2010, reported the Associated Press.
"I'll be happy once we get out of this place," Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said. "The benefits of the new stadium far outweigh having to deal with a little weather once in awhile." (Associated Press)