The Minnesota Twins opened their season on Friday able to finally start with a clean slate after last year's disappointing 63-99 record.
Three batters into the bottom of the first inning and the look of the season-opener had a certain dj vu feeling. Former Twin J.J. Hardy had walked and Nick Markakis followed with a one-out, two-run home run to put Minnesota in a 2-0 hole.
This is a clean slate and different season for Minnesota though. A peek at the Opening Day lineup was enough to prove that. Denard Span was leading off and playing centerfield. Joe Mauer was catching and hitting third. Justin Morneau -- while playing designated hitter -- is healthy and was the Twins' cleanup hitter in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
With other additions like Josh Willingham, who hit a two-run home run, and Jamey Carroll, who made at least two standout defensive plays at shortstop, Minnesota did look like a different team despite the result.
"We got back into it," Twins manager Ron ...