Gardy Names Carl Pavano Opening Day Starter

So sayeth the folks at 1500 ESPN. The Twins just had their first full-team workout of spring training today, but that didn’t stop Ron Gardenhire from designating Pavano and his late mustache as the starter when the 2011 campaign opens on April 1.

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The choice comes as a mild surprise since many view Francisco Liriano as the Twins’ ace. But Pavano did sign a two-year contract extension last month and led the team in innings pitched in 2010.

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