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Twins Vs. Orioles Opening Day: Minnesota's 2-Run Rally Falls Short In The 9th

The Twins fell on Opening Day. 4-2, to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards.

April 6, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; General view of a base with the opening day logo before a game between the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
April 6, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; General view of a base with the opening day logo before a game between the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Willingham homered after Joe Mauer walked for the second time Friday evening, but the Minnesota Twins rally fell short in the ninth inning, 4-2,to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.

Carl Pavano pitched seven innings allowing five hits and four runs, but Orioles Jake Arrieta allowed just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings.

Nick Markakis had two hits--a two-run home run and and RBI triple-- to power the Orioles offensively, while Jim Johnson earned the save. Matt Weiter also had an RBI.

The Twins left seven men on base and managed just six hits. Justn Morneau, Danny Valencia and Chris Parmalee each had a hit, while Denard Span had two hits.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Balitmore Orioles, head over to Camden Chat. If you want more on Major League Baseball in general, check out Baseball Nation.

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