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L.A. Angels (1-2)000001001290

Twins 4, Angels 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Carl Pavano and J.J. Hardy are looking for bounce-back seasons. It would be hard for either one to be doing better so far.

Pavano pitched seven sharp innings in his season debut, and Hardy and Justin Morneau each hit a home run for the second successive game in the Twins' 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

In his first start a year ago with Cleveland, Pavano faced only 12 batters and gave up nine runs against Texas.

"It's always important to get off on the right foot. It's one good day out of hopefully many for me and the team," Pavano said. "Last year was a nightmare. My first start last year couldn't have gone worse. But that's behind me and this is a new year, so I'm excited."

Pavano (1-0) allowed a run and six hits, struck out six and walked none after being staked to a 4-0 lead. The 13-year veteran right-hander, obtained in a trade last August, finished 2009 with a 5.10 ERA in 33 starts and tied Milwaukee's Braden Looper for the most earned runs allowed in the majors.

"He's a veteran pitcher and he knows what he's doing," said Torii Hunter, who had a single in three at-bats against Pavano. "Whatever happened with him in the past, that's the past. What he's doing now is what's important. He's still a smart pitcher."

Pavano escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second, retiring Mike Napoli on a flyball and striking out Brandon Wood. He wriggled out of trouble again in the fourth, slipping a called third strike past Kendry Morales with runners at the corners.

"They let me off the hook with the bases loaded," Pavano said. "A hit there, and guys are running all over the place and it's a different ballgame. But I was able to make some pitches and was able to get into a little bit of a rhythm."

Hardy, an All-Star in 2007, batted only .229 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI, after averaging 25 home runs and 77 RBI over the previous two seasons.

"Once the season was over, I just spent the entire offseason forgetting about last year," Hardy said. "After last year and the way I got started, it's key for me to get off to a pretty good start this time. My swing's getting to where I want it to be. It's pretty close, but it's definitely better now than at any point last year."

Jon Rauch, assigned the closer's role last Friday by manager Ron Gardenhire after four-time All-Star Joe Nathan had season-ending Tommy John surgery in March, allowed a two-out RBI single in the ninth by Mike Napoli before picking up his second save in two games.

"He has the mentality of a closer and he wants the ball every night, but we'll have to be smart about that," Gardenhire said. "We'll run him out there maybe one more time tomorrow if we get that opportunity."

Ervin Santana (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings and struck out four. The right-hander was 8-8 with a 5.03 ERA last year, after winning 16 games in 2008 to equal a career best.

Angels new DH Hideki Matsui was 3 for 4. He doubled in the seventh and scored on Juan Rivera's two-out single.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Morneau followed a one-out walk to Joe Mauer with the Twins first hit, a drive into the right field seats on a 1-1 pitch. The three-time All-Star averaged 36.5 home runs over the previous four seasons and hit 31 last year despite missing the final three weeks because of a stress fracture in his lower back.

The defending AL Central champions tacked on two more in the fifth, including Hardy's leadoff home run to left field on a 3-2 pitch. No. 9 hitter Nick Punto followed with a triple to right-center and scored on Denard Span's sacrifice fly.

Notes

Rory Markas, who spent eight seasons broadcasting Angels games before he died of a heart attack on Jan. 5 at age 54, was honored in a pregame ceremony that included a video tribute. Troy Markas threw a first pitch to his brother's longtime radio partner, Terry Smith, while Markas' other brother Gary and mother Billie looked on at the mound. ... Angels RHP Scot Shields made his first appearance since May 26, 2009, pitching a scoreless ninth. The only player left from the Halos' 2002 world championship club had been sidelined because of tendinitis in his left knee, which required surgery.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

C. Pavano
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
Anaheim

H. Matsui
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF3001001 .083
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000001 .083
Joe Mauer, C3110110 .273
Justin Morneau, 1B4112011 .400
Michael Cuddyer, RF4010001 .455
Jim Thome, DH4000031 .000
Delmon Young, LF4000002 .273
J.J. Hardy, SS4121000 .333
Nick Punto, 3B4120021 .250
Totals3447417  
Batting
3B - Nick Punto (1, Santana)
HR - Justin Morneau (2, Santana), J.J. Hardy (2, Santana)
SF - Denard Span (1)
RBI - Denard Span (1), Justin Morneau 2 (3), J.J. Hardy (2)
SB - Michael Cuddyer (1, 2nd base off Santana/Napoli), Nick Punto (1, 2nd base off Bulger/Napoli)
Team LOB - 5
Minnesota Twins
Carl Pavano (W,1-0) 7611060 1.29
Matt Guerrier (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Jon Rauch (S,2) 1211000 4.50
HBP - Kendrick (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 102-73, Matt Guerrier 14-8, Jon Rauch 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 8-7, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Jon Rauch 3-0
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 28, Matt Guerrier 3, Jon Rauch 5
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4000000 .200
Bobby Abreu, RF4010010 .182
Torii Hunter, CF4010011 .400
Hideki Matsui, DH4130001 .455
Kendry Morales, 1B4010013 .250
Juan Rivera, LF4011002 .167
Howard Kendrick, 2B3110011 .364
Mike Napoli, C4011013 .250
Brandon Wood, 3B4000014 .083
Totals3529206  
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (1, Pavano), Howard Kendrick (1, Rauch)
RBI - Juan Rivera (2), Mike Napoli (1)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (2), Mike Napoli (1)
CS - Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base by Guerrier/Mauer)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,0-1) 6544142 6.00
Jason Bulger 2100010 0.00
Scot Shields 1100020 0.00
WP - Ervin Santana (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 105-63, Jason Bulger 26-17, Scot Shields 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-7, Jason Bulger 3-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 25, Jason Bulger 7, Scot Shields 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41533
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Everitt