Gonzalez, Berrios guide Twins past Indians 2-0 in opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When the time came for Rocco Baldelli to remove Jose Berrios from the game, the new manager of the Minnesota Twins clapped as he reached the mound and extended his right hand for a rare congratulatory shake with his ace-in-the-making.

This opening day victory over Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians was clearly an occasion to celebrate.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the seventh inning , Berrios outdueled Kluber and the Twins gave Baldelli a win in his debut by beating the Indians 2-0 on Thursday to start the season.

''Usually you get a fist bump or a `good job,' and then you walk off of the mound, but this was opening day,'' Berrios said through the team's interpreter. ''It's a special day for all of us and the first game for him as a manager. It was emotional out there.''

Berrios set a Twins opening day record with 10 strikeouts, with the 24-year-old right-hander picking up where he left off as an All-Star in 2018. The youngest opening day starter for the Twins since Brad Radke in 1996, Berrios allowed just two hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings with his curveball in prime form. Then Taylor Rogers recorded the last four outs for the save, stretching his scoreless streak to 27 straight innings.

''Jose's effort out there today kind of speaks for itself. It deserved probably more than a handshake,'' Baldelli said. ''Probably could have given him a little hug out there, and that probably wouldn't have done the thing justice, either.''

Kluber hardly deserved defeat, after retiring the first 14 batters he faced until Gonzalez drew a walk. Byron Buxton broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out double in the sixth. Then the Twins took the lead in the seventh solely with hits by new players, singles by Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron and then the game-breaker by Gonzalez. Jonathan Schoop, the fourth member of the lineup making his Minnesota debut, even got hit by a pitch that inning.

Gonzalez, the multi-position player who spent seven years with Houston and signed with Minnesota more than a week into spring training, hit a 0-1 changeup from Kluber that landed in left-center.

''I threw a lot of good changeups throughout the day today, and that was really the first one that kind of floated on me,'' Kluber said, ''and unfortunately, it was in a bad spot.''

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner making his fifth straight opening day start, the first in club history to do that since Stan Coveleski in 1921, Kluber finished seven innings with only four hits allowed and 79 pitches. Gonzalez, who's 10 for 22 with three walks in his career against Kluber, started for Miguel Sano at third base.

''Probably the last guy you want hitting off Kluber is Marwin because he's had so much success, and he rifled that one in the gap,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That's all it was.''

MIDDLE MEN

The AL Central champion Indians played without star shortstop Francisco Lindor and mainstay second baseman Jason Kipnis, both recovering from strained right calf muscles. Eric Stamets struck out twice in his major league debut, playing for Lindor. Recent addition and seventh-year veteran Brad Miller subbed for Kipnis and also struck out twice against Berrios until a two-out single in the eighth prompted his removal.

FOR STARTERS

The start of the season produced all kinds of newness, beyond just Baldelli's debut in the dugout. The Twins unveiled a new backdrop beyond center field, with 5,700 sea green juniper plants now serving as the batter's eye . The Indians wore uniforms without the divisive Chief Wahoo logo on them for the first time in 70 years .

The first-pitch temperature was 49 degrees for the first March opener at Target Field, where the Twins played their lid-lifter on April 5 last year at 37 degrees.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Lindor, who started the season on the injured list with a strained right calf and a sprained left ankle, was headed for a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, an ankle and foot specialist in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who has worked extensively with NFL players.

Twins: Sano, who will be out until at least early May while the severe cut near his right Achilles tendon heals, has joined the team and begun off-field workouts. Baseball activities and an eventual minor league rehab assignment will still be a couple of weeks away.

UP NEXT

After a day off, the series resumes on Saturday afternoon. The Indians will send RHP Trevor Bauer, coming off a career-best 2018 season with a 2.21 ERA that was the third best in the majors, to the mound. RHP Jake Odorizzi will start for the Twins.

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  • a-struck out for Naquin in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Stamets in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Martin
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 2 (2), G. Allen
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez, B. Buxton
    • RBI - M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, E. Rosario, J. Schoop, B. Buxton 2 (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (L, 0-1)7.04221502.570.7114.5
    O. Perez0.10000000.000.000.0
    A. Cimber0.10000100.000.000.5
    B. Hand0.10000000.000.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (L, 0-1)7.0
    O. Perez0.1
    A. Cimber0.1
    B. Hand0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (W, 1-0)7.220011000.000.3933.0
    T. Rogers (S, 1)1.10000300.000.0011.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (W, 1-0)7.2
    T. Rogers (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Kluber, O. Perez
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 79-56, O. Perez 6-3, A. Cimber 4-3, B. Hand 3-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-12, O. Perez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber, B. Hand
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 96-66, T. Rogers 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-9
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, T. Rogers 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Miller 2B30100020.333.333.333.6670.0
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    • a-struck out for Naquin in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Stamets in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    C. Cron 1B31100000.333.333.333.6672.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 2 (2), G. Allen
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez, B. Buxton
      • RBI - M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, E. Rosario, J. Schoop, B. Buxton 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 0-1)7.04221502.570.7114.5
      O. Perez0.10000000.000.000.0
      A. Cimber0.10000100.000.000.5
      B. Hand0.10000000.000.000.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 0-1)7.0
      O. Perez0.1
      A. Cimber0.1
      B. Hand0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 1-0)7.220011000.000.3933.0
      T. Rogers (S, 1)1.10000300.000.0011.5
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      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 1-0)7.2
      T. Rogers (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Kluber, O. Perez
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 79-56, O. Perez 6-3, A. Cimber 4-3, B. Hand 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-12, O. Perez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber, B. Hand
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 96-66, T. Rogers 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, T. Rogers 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Gonzalez doubled to left center, Cruz and Cron scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to shallow right
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Tyler Naquin
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Bauers popped out to third
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Miller singled to center
        • Greg Allen hit for Eric Stamets
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Jose Berrios
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Max Moroff at shortstop
        • Oliver Perez relieved Corey Kluber
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco hit by pitch
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • N. Cruz: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rosario fouled out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santana flied out to deep center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to deep left
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron singled to center, Cruz to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to left center, Cruz and Cron scored
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop hit by pitch
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Buxton flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to center
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Buxton doubled to deep left
        • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to deep left, Buxton to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco popped out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep center
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron flied out to shallow right
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin doubled to deep right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to first
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Cruz flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to left
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • E. Stamets: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schoop lined out to first
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro fouled out to left
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez lined out to right
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron flied out to shallow center
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to deep right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)