The last game of Justin Morneau's 2010 baseball season occurred at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, when he took a knee to the head while attempting to break up a double play. This evening, Morneau will return to the scene of that injury when he and his Twins' teammates take the field for their first game of 2011.
Morneau will be in the lineup today, and likely batting clean-up, when the Twins and Blue Jays kick off a three-game series north of the border tonight.
The first pitch in Toronto this evening is scheduled for 6:07 PM Central time.
The pitching match-up for this one should be good, as the Twins will send Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.75 ERA in 2010) to the hill, while the Blue Jays will counter with left-hander Ricky Romero (14-9, 3.73 ERA last season). The Twins didn't have a whole lot of success against Toronto in 2010, winning only three of the nine match-ups between the two teams, including dropping three of the final four games of the regular season at Target Field against the Blue Jays. But, as they say, it's a new year, and we're going to be seeing a familiar face back in the lineup for the Twins. It's baseball season again. . .therefore, life is good.
This game will be broadcast on Fox Sports North, and your announcers on the TV side will once again be Dick Bremer and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven. You can also hear the game on WCCO-AM 830, or on any of the other Twins Radio Network affiliates.
It's one of the best days on the sporting calendar, ladies and gentlemen. . .let's start this party!