List of Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers

List of Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the American League Central division. They formerly played in Washington, D.C. as the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota after the 1960 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season.[1] The Twins have used 26 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 51 seasons in Minnesota. Starters have a combined Opening Day record of 14 wins, 25 losses and 12 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.[2][3][4]

Brad Radke holds the Minnesota Twins record for most Opening Day starts with nine. He has a record in Opening Day starts for the Twins of four wins and two losses (4–2) with three no decisions. Bert Blyleven had six Opening Day starts for the Twins and Frank Viola had four.[2] Radke has the record for most wins in Minnesota Twins Opening Day starts with four. Liván Hernández, Mudcat Grant, and Dean Chance share the best winning percentage in Opening Day starts with one win and no losses (1–0) each. Kevin Tapani has the worst winning percentage, losing both Opening Day starts he made for the Twins (0–2).[2]

Overall, Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of 4–7 with three no decisions at Metropolitan Stadium and a 1–4 record with one no decision at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Their first home opener in their current ballpark of Target Field was in 2013. This gives their Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record 5–11 with four no no decisions. Their away record is 9–14 with eight no decisions. The Twins went on to play in the World Series in 1965, 1987, and 1991, winning in 1987 and 1991. The Twins lost both Opening Day games in the years in which they won the World Series.[2]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Twins season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Twins won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Twins lost game
Final
Score
Game score with Twins runs listed first
Location Stadium in bold for home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Twins
* Advanced to the post-season
** Won American League Championship Series
Won World Series

Pitchers

Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1961 Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos L 6–0 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [5]
1962 Kralick, JackJack Kralick L 2–4 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [6]
1963 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual L 4–5 Cleveland Indians Metropolitan Stadium [7]
1964 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual (2) ND (W) 7–6 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [8]
1965** Kaat, JimJim Kaat ND (W) 5–4 New York Yankees Metropolitan Stadium [9]
1966 Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant W 2–1 Kansas City Athletics Metropolitan Stadium [10]
1967 Kaat, JimJim Kaat (2) L 3–6 Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [11]
1968 Chance, DeanDean Chance W 2–0 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [12]
1969* Hall, TomTom Hall ND (L) 3–4 Kansas City Royals Municipal Stadium [13]
1970* Perry, JimJim Perry W 12–0 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [14]
1971 Perry, JimJim Perry (2) L 2–7 Milwaukee Brewers Metropolitan Stadium [15]
1972 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven ND (L) 3–4 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [16]
1973 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (2) W 8–3 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [17]
1974 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (3) ND (W) 6–4 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [18]
1975 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (4) W 11–4 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [19]
1976 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (5) ND (L) 2–1 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [20]
1977 Goltz, DaveDave Goltz L 4–7 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [21]
1978 Goltz, DaveDave Goltz (2) L 2–3 Seattle Mariners Kingdome [22]
1979 Goltz, DaveDave Goltz (3) W 5–3 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [23]
1980 Koosman, JerryJerry Koosman ND (W) 9–7 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [24]
1981 Koosman, JerryJerry Koosman (2) L 1–5 Oakland Athletics Metropolitan Stadium [25]
1982* Redfern, PetePete Redfern L 7–11 Seattle Mariners Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [26]
1983 Havens, BradBrad Havens L 3–11 Detroit Tigers Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [27]
1984 Williams, AlbertAlbert Williams L 1–8 Detroit Tigers Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [28]
1985 Viola, FrankFrank Viola W 6–2 California Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [29]
1986 Viola, FrankFrank Viola (2) W 3–2 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [30]
1987 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (6) ND (L) 4–5 Oakland Athletics Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [31]
1988 Viola, FrankFrank Viola (3) L 0–8 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [32]
1989 Viola, FrankFrank Viola (4) L 2–4 New York Yankees Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [33]
1990 Anderson, AllanAllan Anderson L 3–8 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [34]
1991 Morris, JackJack Morris L 2–7 Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [35]
1992 Erickson, ScottScott Erickson ND (W) 4–2 Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [36]
1993 Tapani, KevinKevin Tapani L 5–10 Chicago White Sox Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [37]
1994 Tapani, KevinKevin Tapani (2) L 2–8 California Angels Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [38]
1995 Erickson, ScottScott Erickson (2) L 0–9 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [39]
1996 Radke, BradBrad Radke W 8–6 Detroit Tigers Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [40]
1997 Radke, BradBrad Radke (2) ND (W) 7–5 Detroit Tigers Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [41]
1998 Tewksbury, BobBob Tewksbury L 2–3 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [42]
1999 Radke, BradBrad Radke (3) W 6–1 Toronto Blue Jays Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [43]
2000 Radke, BradBrad Radke (4) L 0–7 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [44]
2001 Radke, BradBrad Radke (5) W 3–2 Detroit Tigers Comerica Park [45]
2002* Radke, BradBrad Radke (6) ND (W) 8–6 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [46]
2003* Radke, BradBrad Radke (7) W 3–1 Detroit Tigers Comerica Park [47]
2004* Radke, BradBrad Radke (8) ND (W) 7–4 Cleveland Indians Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [48]
2005 Radke, BradBrad Radke (9) L 1–5 Seattle Mariners Safeco Field [49]
2006* Santana, JohanJohan Santana L 3–6 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [50]
2007 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (2) W 7–4 Baltimore Orioles Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [51]
2008 Hernandez, LivanLivan Hernandez W 3–2 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [52]
2009* Liriano, FranciscoFrancisco Liriano L 1–6 Seattle Mariners Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [3]
2010* Baker, ScottScott Baker L 3–6 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angel Stadium of Anaheim [4]
2011 Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano L 3–11 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [53]
2012 Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano (2) L 2–4 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [54]
2013 Worley, VanceVance Worley L 2–4 Detroit Tigers Target Field [55]

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