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Twins Look To Even Opening Series With Blue Jays

So, how did you Twins fans enjoy that April Fool’s joke yesterday?

Wait, what? It wasn’t a joke? The four Toronto home runs and 13-3 demolition was actually how the Twins started the season? OK, let’s just move on then. (Side note: it’s fairly obvious that the Pavstache needs to return post haste. That goatee is not working.)

Minnesota will look to rebound today and get their first victory of the very young 2011 season by sending Francisco Liriano to the mound. Liriano had a very successful 2010 campaign, winning the American League Comeback Player of the Year while amassing over 200 strikeouts and a 3.62 ERA.

The Blue Jays will counter with top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, who made his debut at the Major League level (copyright Bert Blyleven) as a September call-up last year. Drabek is the son of 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:07 PM Central today. The Twins don’t have recent history on their side in Toronto; Minnesota is now 12-29 against the Blue Jays since the start of 2006. They have lost six of their last seven and eight of their last eleven games against Toronto.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.