Twins flexing major muscle in season's first week
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Monday's loss notwithstanding, the season-opening series in Anaheim couldn't have gone much better for the Minnesota Twins.
Consider these numbers:
* Over the final three games, including Thursday's 10-1 rout, the Twins outscored the Los Angeles Angels 19-6.
* Starting pitchers Nick Blackburn and Carl Pavano delivered quality starts in wins on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Kevin Slowey -- making his first start since undergoing major wrist surgery last July -- held the Angels to one run over 5 1/3 innings in a serviceable performance on Thursday.
* Toss out Jose Mijares' Monday meltdown, and the bullpen has allowed only one run over its other 10 2/3 innings.
* Perhaps most striking, the Twins blasted nine home runs in the series, including two each by J.J. Hardy, Delmon Young and Justin Morneau. They almost surely won't keep up that pace -- at this rate, they'd hit 364 for the season -- but it's an auspicious start for a lineup expected to have more power than any in recent memory.
Next comes a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox, who dropped two of three at home to Cleveland.
Left-hander Francisco Liriano gets the ball tonight for the Twins against John Danks.