Opening Day lineups for Twins and White Sox

CHICAGO — It’s Opening Day here at U.S. Cellular Field, and it looks like it should be a beautiful day for baseball.

The Twins already made a roster move this morning, as they officially added left-hander Brian Duensing to the paternity list and recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. But the move was expected, as Tonkin was at Sunday’s informal workout.

The first lineup of the season is also out, and Jason Kubel is sitting with left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Chris Colabello gets the start at designated hitter over Kubel, even though he hit better against right-handed pitchers than left-handers last season in both the Minors and Majors.

Kurt Suzuki is also batting second, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering he hit there late in spring. But it’s still a curious decision, as Suzuki has a career .309 on-base percentage and just a .282 on-base percentage over the last two seasons.

But the Twins just don’t have many options for the two-hole unless they decide to move Joe Mauer up in the lineup like they did last year. Aaron Hicks also could move up but the Twins want to ease him into the lineup after he went just 2-for-48 to start last year as the club’s leadoff hitter. So we’ll see how long the Suzuki batting second experiment lasts.

Twins lineup:

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Kurt Suzuki, C
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Chris Colabello, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
8. Aaron Hicks, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Ricky Nolasco

White Sox lineup:

1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Marcus Semien, DH
3. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
4. Jose Abreu, 1B
5. Adam Dunn, DH
6. Avisail Garcia, RF
7. Alejandro De Aza, LF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Tyler Flowers, C

LHP Chris Sale

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