Opening Day is finally here

BALTIMORE — It’s the favorite day of the year for baseball fans: Opening Day.

And it couldn’t come any sooner for the Twins, who are looking to move past last year’s disastrous season that saw them finish last in the American League with 99 losses.

But the Twins have reason for optimism, as they enter the season mostly healthy. Spring Training couldn’t have gone much better for Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Denard Span, as all three stayed healthy throughout and produced at the plate.

Morneau, though, is starting the year at designated hitter, and there’s still no timetable for when he’ll return to playing first base.

So for now, rookie Chris Parmelee will be the regular first baseman moving forward, and is one of four new faces in the lineup today, joining Jamey Carroll, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit

The Twins are set to face Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta, who is making his first Opening Day start. Right-hander Carl Pavano gets the nod for the Twins, and is making his third career Opening Day start and his second with Minnesota.

Check back for more updates throughout the day.

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Carl Pavano

1. Noland Reimold, LF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Wilson Betemit, DH
7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
8. Chris Davis, 1B
9. Robert Andino, 2B

RHP Jake Arrieta

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