Twins top Angels again

Published: Apr 08, 2010 5:15 AM

Despite the Twins' success in this past decade, they haven't posted a winning record against the Angels since 2003 when they went 5-4, so what seemed like a difficult way to open the season, has actually gone pretty well. By winning on Tuesday night, the Twins guarantee at least a split in the 4-game series. The Twins swept the Angels in their first series last season, but then went 1-6 against them the rest of the way; the sweep came at the Metrodome.

Justin Morneau and J.J. Hardy each hit their second home run of the season, but the Twins again failed to take advantage of many scoring opportunities throughout the game. Fortunately, Carl Pavano was dealing quite well and 4 runs proved to be enough for the win.

Jim Thome got his first start at DH, leaving Jason Kubel to ride the bench against righty Ervin Santana. Thome was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts, which didn't do much to support an already easy-to-criticize decision by Ron Gardenhire.

Jon Rauch allowed a double and a single in the 9th, but managed to record his 2nd save in as many attempts. Matt Guerrier pitched a scoreless inning for the second consecutive night.

The 4-game series wraps up tonight with another 9:05 PM CT start. Kevin Slowey will take on Joel Pineiro.


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