When they traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason, the Minnesota Twins believed they received a quality major league starter in Vance Worley.
Worley, 25, will take the lead in Minnesota's rotation this season, and the confirmation came Wednesday on the team's official Twitter account: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has named Worley Monday's Opening Day starter against 2011 Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Worley, who has spent the past two seasons in Philadelphia's rotation, went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year, striking out 107 batters in 133 innings pitched.
"I'd be excited about (starting on Opening Day)," he told FoxSportsNorth.com earlier this week. "It says they think a little bit about me. I want to get the ball on Opening Day and get us a win. If I had my choice, I'd like to go up against tough guys every time."
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