March 25, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; Coaches watch as Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Nick Blackburn (53) warms up prior to his start of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Twins will have their home opener on Monday, facing the Los Angeles Angels and their new acquisition C.J. Wilson.
The Minnesota Twins were a bit of an anomaly coming into 2012, nobody was quite sure where they would finish after making some moves to try and fix the team that was one of the worst in the AL last season. If the first three games are anything to go by, the Twins might be in trouble after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles.
Fortunately, three games is almost nothing in baseball and the Twins can quickly turn their fortunes around in their first home series against the Los Angeles Angels, starting Monday.
The Angels will see the first start by C.J. Wilson in a Halos uniform on Monday. Wilson was the ace of the Texas Rangers teams that made the World Series in 2010 and 2011 and was a Cy Young finalist last season. His Spring Training was fantastic, finishing with a sparkling 1.11 ERA.
Scott Baker was originally the planned starter for Monday's game, but an injury pushed him back and Nick Blackburn will start instead for the Twins. In five years with Minnesota, Blackburn is 39-46 with a 4.50 ERA. He'll need to keep his best stuff together if he wants to keep his team in it against Wilson. He is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA against the Angels in his career.
Of course, the hitting needs to come for the Twins as well after they only scored five runs combined in their first three games.
The game will be at Target Field at 4:10 p.m. ET.