The Royals held the honor of being the last team to play at the old Metrodome in the regular season, but likely weren't too sorry to say goodbye after a loss Oct. 4, as they were swept by the Twins in the final regular-season series of 2009.
The Twins took two out of three against the Red Sox to open Target Field, and they will welcome in the Royals to finish out the debut homestand with Friday's first night game at the ballpark.
The Royals are obviously curious about the new place.
"For me, I liked the Metrodome," Royals utility player Willie Bloomquist said. "I liked it because I knew it was going to be 72 degrees and I knew we'd be starting at 7:05. I saw the ball well there. I thought it was kind of fun playing inside once in a while, but I'm sure the new stadium is well worth it."
The Royals' starter on Friday night, ace Zack Greinke, is likely just hoping Target Field can be the spot where he turns it around and picks up his first win of the season.
Greinke, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has gone winless in his first two starts, despite turning out fairly solid outings. After getting a no-decision in his Opening Day start against the Tigers, Greinke got roughed up by the Red Sox in his most recent start, to the tune of four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. His effort was marred by back-to-back homers off his curveball, which resulted in the loss.
"It's going to be interesting to watch Zack adjust, which he will," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Just like his first outing, guys are starting to get a little better recognition on the hard slider, and he's going to the curveball a little more to keep 'em off balance."
The Twins' Friday night starter, Scott Baker, on the other hand, made plenty of adjustments of his own in his previous outing to get his first victory of the season under his belt.
After not making it out of the fifth inning in his shaky debut against the Angels, Baker buckled down against the White Sox in his second start, allowing just one run and five hits over seven innings.
"I think I got to where I needed to be, throwing the ball down and having a good breaking ball," Baker said. "That's always the test for me. If I'm not on top of the ball and finishing my pitches, I'm not sharp."
Royals: Offense enjoyed stay at Comerica Park
The Royals' offense came alive during the visit to Detroit. Led by a power surge from Jose Guillen, Kansas City's bats tallied 22 runs and 45 hits during the three-game series. Guillen's blast Wednesday was his fifth of the season, and he has now homered in four consecutive games.
Twins: Getting comfortable at Target Field
After an exciting and busy start to the season, the Twins used Tuesday's off-day to get readjusted to their new digs. Minnesota has been all over the place in the early going, including two exhibition games at home and then a road trip that took the club to Anaheim and Chicago. "I think the boys got some rest, it sounds like, from talking to a few of them," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We had a good start, but a long trip in the middle of it. So the rest was needed." ... The Twins won their first three series of the season for the first time since 1987.
Greinke is 3-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) against Minnesota. He didn't face the Twins last year during his Cy Young season until his last two starts -- he beat them, 4-1, on Sept. 22 at Kansas City and had a no-decision on Oct. 3 in a 5-4 loss at the Metrodome. ... Both teams still have a Target Field first available: There has yet to be a triple hit at the new ballpark.
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Offense erupts as Twins take opener
Michael Cuddyer drove in three runs, and the Twins pounded 11 hits, as they downed the Royals in the opener of a three-game set. Scott Baker threw seven strong innings to get the win, while Zack Greinke took the loss.
|Guillen, J, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.350|
|Betancourt, Y, SS||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.324|
3B: DeJesus (1, Baker, S).
HR: Betancourt, Y (2, 5th inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: DeJesus 3; Podsednik; Butler; Guillen, J; Callaspo; Kendall; Betancourt, Y 6.
RBI: Betancourt, Y 2 (5), Butler (9).
2-out RBI: Betancourt, Y 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Callaspo; Bloomquist.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Callaspo (1, 2nd base off Baker, S/Mauer).
E: Bloomquist (2, missed catch).
DP: (Bloomquist-Betancourt, Y-Butler).
2B: Cuddyer (2, Greinke), Hudson, O (4, Tejeda).
TB: Span 2; Hudson, O 3; Morneau; Cuddyer 3; Hardy 2; Harris 2.
RBI: Cuddyer 3 (9), Kubel (6), Young, D (8), Mauer (8), Hudson, O 2 (3), Hardy 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Cuddyer 2; Hardy 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer 2; Kubel 2; Hardy.
SF: Young, D; Mauer.
Team RISP: 4-for-15.
Team LOB: 10.
Outfield assists: Young, D (Callaspo at home).
HBP: Span (by Farnsworth), Ankiel (by Duensing).
Pitches-strikes: Greinke 108-57, Farnsworth 13-6, Hughes, D 15-9, Tejeda 35-20, Cruz, J 19-10, Baker, S 92-70, Guerrier 9-7, Duensing 15-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greinke 3-6, Farnsworth 0-0, Hughes, D 1-2, Tejeda 1-1, Cruz, J 0-0, Baker, S 6-4, Guerrier 1-2, Duensing 2-0.
Batters faced: Greinke 26, Farnsworth 3, Hughes, D 4, Tejeda 7, Cruz, J 4, Baker, S 27, Guerrier 3, Duensing 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Hughes, D 3-1, Cruz, J 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Bill Miller. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Mike Reilly.
Weather: 56 degrees, clear.
Wind: 16 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media