Twins Opening Day pitchers

April 10, 2010 - In the Twins 50 years they are 24-26 on opening day. The Twins have had 25 different pitchers take the mound on opening day on their behalf and only four pitchers have had that honor more than twice. Brad Radke was the Twins opening day pitcher 9 times including seven consecutive opening day starts. Bert Blyleven started on opening day 6 times but oddly his only home opening day start was in 1987 in the Metrodome. The only other Twins pitchers with more than two opening day starts are Frank Viola with 4 and Dave Goltz with 3.

Year Pitcher Game result
1961 Pedro Ramos Twins 6 – Yankees 0
1962 Jack Kralick Kansas City A’s 4 – Twins 2
1963 Camilo Pascual Indians 4 – Twins 4
1964 Camilo Pascual Twins 7 – Indians 6
1965 Jim Kaat Twins 5 – Yankees 4
1966 Mudcat Grant Twins 2 – Kansas City A’s 1
1967 Jim Kaat Orioles 6 – Twins 3
1968 Dean Chance Twins 2 – Senators 0
1969 Tommy Hall Royals 4 – Twins 3
1970 Jim Perry Twins 12 – White Sox 0
1971 Jim Perry Brewers 7 – Twins 2
1972 Bert Blyleven A’s 4 – Twins 3
1973 Bert Blyleven Twins 8 – A’s 3
1974 Bert Blyleven Twins 6 – Royals 4
1975 Bert Blyleven Twins 11 – Rangers 4
1976 Bert Blyleven Rangers 2 – Twins 1
1977 Dave Goltz A’s 7 – Twins 4
1978 Dave Goltz Mariners 3 – Twins 2
1979 Dave Goltz Twins 5 – A’s 3
1980 Jerry Koosman Twins 9 – A’s 7
1981 Jerry Koosman A’s 5 – Twins 1
1982 Pete Redfern Mariners 11 – Twins 7
1983 Brad Havens Tigers 11 – Twins 3
1984 Al Williams Tigers 8 – Twins 1
1985 Frank Viola Twins 6 – Angels 2
1986 Frank Viola Twins 3 – A’s 2
1987 Bert Blyleven Twins 5 – A’s 4
1988 Frank Viola Yankees 8 – Twins 0
1989 Frank Viola Yankees 4 – Twins 2
1990 Allan Anderson A’s 8 – Twins 3
1991 Jack Morris A;s 7 – Twins 2
1992 Scott Erickson Twins 4 – Brewers 2
1993 Kevin Tapani White Sox 10 – Twins 5
1994 Kevin Tapani Angels 8 – Twins 2
1995 Scott Erickson Red Sox 9 – Twins 0
1996 Brad Radke Twins 8 – Tigers 6
1997 Brad Radke Twins 7 – Tigers 5
1998 Bob Tewksbury Blue Jays 3 – Twins 2
1999 Brad Radke Twins 6 – Blue Jays 1
2000 Brad Radke Devil Rays 7 – Twins 0
2001 Brad Radke Twins 3 – igers 2
2002 Brad Radke Twins 8 – Royals 6
2003 Brad Radke Twins 3 – Tigers 1
2004 Brad Radke Twins 7 – Indians 4
2005 Brad Radke Mariners 5 – Twins 1
2006 Johan Santana Blue Jays 6 – Twins 3
2007 Johan Santana Twins 7 – Orioles 4
2008 Livan Hernandez Twins 3 – Angels 2
2009 Francisco Liriano Mariners 6 – Twins 1
2010 Scott Baker Angels 6 – Twins 3

 

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