With big contracts come big expectations, and Ricky Nolasco is no exception.
Nolasco signed a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota this past winter, the biggest contract ever given to a free agent in Twins history. He was one of multiple pieces brought in with the hope of solidifying what had been a brutal starting rotation.
It's only one game, but Nolasco's Twins debut didn't quite go as the right-hander hoped. Nolasco surrendered five runs in six innings of work -- including a pair of home runs by Alejandro De Aza -- as Minnesota lost the season opener 5-3 to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. It's the Twins' sixth consecutive Opening Day loss.
"A couple mistakes, and De Aza made us pay a couple times," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "But other than that, I thought our starter threw the ball pretty decent. A couple mistakes and they end up in the seats."
Monday marked Nolasco's third career Opening Day start, and his first career start in the American League. ...