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Twins have sorted out their starting rotation – for now – and Jake Odorizzi will start Opening Day

Jake Odorizzi waited a while to make his first spring training start, a dandy in Fort Myers in his first outing in Fort Myers. He won’t have to wait that long to make his first start that counts.

Odorizzi has been named the Opening Day starter, according to the team. He’ll be followed in the rotation by Kyle Gibson and J.O. Berrios.

Twins GM Thad Levine had said earlier that Lance Lynn will make his Twins debut during the Pittsburgh series, and not in Baltimor.

If the Twins plan to start the season with a 4-man rotation, would that mean Phil Hughes will be in the bullpen? The Twins will need a fifth starter on April 11. Perhaps Hughes will be plugged into that fifth spot in the rotation, rather than going to the minors to call on a guy like Adalberto Mejia.

Here’s how the first few weeks of the season could shake out:

March 29 @ BAL: Odorizzi
March 30: OFF
March 31 @ BAL: Gibson
April 1 @ BAL: Berrios
April 2 @ PIT: Lynn
April 3: OFF
April 4 @ PIT: Odorizzi
April 5 SEA: Gibson
April 6: OFF
April 7 SEA: Berrios
April 8 SEA: Lynn
April 9 HOU: Odorizzi
April 10 HOU: Gibson
April 11 HOU: HUGHES?
April 12 CHW: Berrios
April 13 CHW: Lynn
April 14 CHW: Odorizzi
April 15 CHW: Gibson
April 16: OFF
April 17 CLE (in Puerto Rico): Berrios
April 18 CLE (in Puerto Rico): Lynn

Earlier Thursday the Twins optioned Tyler Duffey and Alan Busenitz. Duffey was a long-shot rotation candidate ever since the Twins inked Lance Lynn, and Busenitz had a great debut season last year as a reliever, and figures to be back in the big leagues at some point this summer.

With 2 cuts, Twins take another step toward finalizing the pitching staff for Opening Day





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