Game 4: Home opener at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS — After a three-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles, it’s not getting any easier for the Twins, who host the Angels in their home opener today at Target Field.

The Angels will have both of their prized offseason signings on the field today, as Albert Pujols is starting at first base and batting third, while left-hander C.J. Wilson is making his first start of the year.

Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter is also in the lineup for the Angels on the day the Twins are celebrating the 2002 club that advanced to the ALCS before ultimately falling to the Angels in five games.

The Twins are also trying to stack their right-handed bats against Wilson, as Danny Valencia returns to the lineup at third base and Trevor Plouffe gets his first start in right field. The Twins are also going with Ryan Doumit at catcher because he’s a switch-hitter, which gives Joe Mauer his second straight start at first base.

Right-hander Liam Hendriks is also scheduled to fly back from Baltimore today after spending most of the weekend in the hospital with food poisoning. Reliever Kyle Waldrop, who is on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, also played catch from 60 feet for the first time today.

Angels (1-2)
1. Erick Aybar, SS
2. Howard Kendrick, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Kendrys Morales, DH
5. Torii Hunter, RF
6. Bobby Abreu, LF
7. Alberto Callaspo
8. Chris Iannetta, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

LHP C.J. Wilson

Twins (0-3)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Trevor Plouffe, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn

Opening Day at Target Field

Opening Day at Target Field

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