THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
All games on BSN, 830-AM
Thursday, 3:10 p.m.: RHP Jose Berrios (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Marco Gonzalez (0-0, 7.50)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.50)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Chris Flexen (1-0, 0.00)
LHP James Paxton had an eagle land on his shoulder before starting the 2018 Target Field opener vs. the Twins, but strained his forearm Tuesday and will miss this series. … OF Jake Fraley (hamstring) is also out. … Gonzalez, the Opening Day starter, was 7-2 last season and led the AL in lowest walk ratio per nine innings (seven walks in 69⅔ innings). … Kikuchi, who came over from Japan in 2019, had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his first outing. … Flexen pitched in Korea last year. He pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut.
It's the second home opener start for Berrios, who beat Cleveland 2-0 in 2019 with 7⅔ shutout innings. He pitched six no-hit innings at Milwaukee on Saturday with 12 K's. … 3B Josh Donaldson (hamstring) and OF Brent Rooker (neck) are out. … DH Nelson Cruz and CF Byron Buxton have three homers each through six games. … Shoemaker will make his career high-tying 16th appearances vs. Seattle.
"It's going to be special. One year without fans in the stands — we've been playing so hard and giving 100 percent, but now we're going to have fans cheering for us, making it loud the first day with a lot of excitement." — Berrios.