Twins Ready To Take On Royals After Opening Day Win

Alexander Shun | @alexpshun

Digital Content Manager |

The Minnesota Twins are 1-0 for the first time since 2008 and they will look to make it 2-0 Wednesday as they play game two of the three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

Having knocked off Danny Duffy and Royals on Opening Day Monday, the Twins will face another Kansas City ace Wednesday in right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy was a nightmare for the Twins last season as he went 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA against them. To make matters worse, Kennedy was absolutely dominant in Spring Training not allowing a run until his very last start.

The Twins will counter with left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago who was acquired last season in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

In 11 starts last season with Minnesota, Santiago went 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA; not exactly stellar numbers, but the Twins are hoping he can rebound and become the solid veteran No. 2 starter that their rotation is seeking.

In the Twins 7-1 win on Monday, catcher Jason Castro and shortstop Jorge Polanco both collected two hits and will aim to continue their hot hitting to start the season despite having a combined seven career at-bats against Kennedy. 

Brian Dozier is the Twins hitter that has seen Kennedy the most having faced the Royals' righty 15 times in his career and he is batting .267 with two home runs and three RBIs in those at-bats.

First pitch will take place at Target Field Wednesday afternoon at 12:10 P.M.

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