With so many stories surrounding the team's arrival to US Cellular field, including the look back on game 163 from last season and the return of Joe Crede to his former stomping grounds, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox took the field.
R.A. Dickey made the start with Scott Baker down in Fort Myers, and he did quite well. In five innings of work, Dickey struggled with his control at times and walked four batters overall.
Nonetheless, Dickey managed to hold the White Sox to three runs on four hits to help the Twins to the victory. The start was likely the last for Dickey with Baker almost certainly returning next week; but he'll now be a valuable pitcher out of the bullpen.
Denard Span has been a key to the offense thus far, and that continued into the team's first road trip. With Morneau moved up to the three hole, Kubel moved up to the cleanup spot and Cuddyer down to the five spot, the Twins' offense finally broke out.
Span and Casilla each collected three hits at the top of the order, and Morneau following them and collected four RBI on two hits, including a homeruns.
The best part of the game may have been the return of Joe Crede. As he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat, the crowd gave Crede a standing ovation and the team played "All Out of Love" as a joke. Two balls later and Crede turned the cheers to boos with a homerun into the bullpen in left.
The bullpen for the Twins picked up the final four innings after Dickey's exit. Brian Duensing made his major league debut, and in three innings allowed two runs. The Twins showed plenty of confidence in Duensing as they put him into the game with only a 4-3 lead. Phillip Humber took the mound for the final inning and allowed a hit.
For the first time on the young season, the Twins will be found on national television; they'll take the field against the White Sox at 3:00 CT on FOX Saturday Baseball.