The Oakland Athletics spoiled the Twins home opener on Monday afternoon at Target Field. The A's beat the Twins 8-3.
It was a rough home opener for Twins starter Kevin Correia. He gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Samuel Deduno threw over three innings of relief. He struck out four and walked one, while giving up two runs. One of the runs scored on a balk in the seventh inning.
Despite a major investment to improve the Twins starting pitching, through seven games they have just one quality start.
A's starter Scott Kazmir shook off a shaky start to go six strong innings to pick up the win. The lefty struck out five and allowed three early runs.
Josh Donaldson was 2-5 for Oakland. He doubled and singled and scored twice. Alberto Callaspo also had a big day. He 2-4 with an RBI with a double. Derek Norris was 2-4 with a home run for Oakland.
The Twins offense was rather quiet after scoring a pair of runs in the third inning. Minnesota finished with just six hits and the Twins top of the order Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer were a combined 0-7 with three strikeouts.
The last time the Twins won a home opener was in 2011. The game wasn't a sellout, but more than 35,000 attended the game. At least, the weather for the home opener at Target Field was nearly perfect.
It's a big improvement over what the stadium looked like on Friday after a snow storm.
- The Twins have completed a trade with the New York Yankees for shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Minnesota sent lefthander Miguel Sulbaran to the Yankees in exchange for Nunez. Nunez will be assigned to Class Triple A Rochester and count on the Twins 40-man roster.