Pablo López throws gem in Twins’ Opening Day win, but team sees Royce Lewis, Max Kepler leave early with injuries

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Byron Buxton returned to halfway tract for the archetypal clip since 2022, starter Pablo López turned successful a gem and Twins utilized a brace of security runs to propulsion distant precocious to triumph connected Opening Day.

But the excitement and enthusiasm of the Twins’ 4-1 triumph implicit the Royals astatine Kauffman Stadium was dampened by the sights of 3rd baseman Royce Lewis limping arsenic helium reached 3rd basal aboriginal successful the crippled and Max Kepler grimacing successful symptom aft fouling a shot disconnected his leg.

Both the youngster and the seasoned were forced to permission aboriginal successful a achy triumph for the Twins (1-0).

Lewis, who has looked each spot the prima successful the making during the constricted clip helium has been connected the tract implicit the past mates of seasons, kicked disconnected the Twins’ play with a solo location tally successful the archetypal inning. But the aboriginal portion of his vocation has besides been marred by injuries and the Twins saw that travel into play a mates innings later.

After singling successful his 2nd at-bat, the 3rd baseman said helium envisioned Correa hitting a shot successful the spread and him scoring connected the play. When Correa really did enactment a treble to left, Lewis took off. Manuel Margot scored the go-ahead tally and Lewis, the way runner down him, had his caput acceptable connected location arsenic good but earlier helium got to third, helium started feeling his quad cramp.

He near the crippled alongside diversion trainer Nick Paparesta and the Twins sent him for magnetic resonance imaging. They are awaiting the results to find the severity of the injury, which volition apt necessitate a travel to the injured list.

Kepler appears to person been luckier.

After fouling a transportation disconnected his close knee, helium initially stayed successful the game, but helium did not instrumentality to close tract to play defence successful the bottommost of the eighth inning. Manager Rocco Baldelli said an X-ray was antagonistic and the Twins volition spot however helium is moving astir connected Saturday, erstwhile they play next.

Their injuries somewhat overshadowed a beardown commencement from López, who talked of mounting the code for the play during his Opening Day commencement and did precisely arsenic helium acceptable retired to bash connected Thursday. The lone people against López was a leadoff location tally to Maikel Garcia, which tied the crippled astatine the time. He followed by throwing 7 scoreless innings successful which helium struck retired seven.

“I was precise anxious. There were a batch of emotions successful that archetypal at-bat. You ever privation to get the archetypal one. You ever privation it to spell smooth. It didn’t,” López said. “ … You shingle it off. You fto it go. … It’s astir not letting spell of my program and trying to onslaught the zone. If you onslaught the zone, much times than not, you’re going to person a bully accidental astatine a bully result.”

After López retired the archetypal batter of the seventh inning, Baldelli ambled retired to talk with him earlier opting to permission him successful the game. The Twins’ ace rewarded his manager’s religion successful him by getting the adjacent 2 batters out.

The plan, Baldelli said, was not to fto López spell 7 innings  — helium hadn’t done that each outpouring — but López had been truthful businesslike that helium changed the manager’s mind.

“It was an casual argument,” López said. “Easier than I thought it would be. Easier than successful the past. I’m gladsome that helium went that easy.”

The Twins past turned the crippled implicit to reliever Brock Stewart, who got done a scoreless eighth inning, earlier pulling distant precocious with 1 tally connected a chaotic transportation and different connected Correa’s 3rd deed of the day, this 1 an infield azygous that allowed Buxton to contention home.

Reliever Griffin Jax, successful Jhoan Duran’s absence, past came successful and slammed the doorway connected the Twins’ archetypal triumph of the season.

“(It’s) not the mode you privation to commencement the play retired connected the wounded broadside of things, but surely the mode you privation to ticker your squad spell retired determination and combat and triumph connected Opening Day against a bully pitcher,” Baldelli said.

 Starting pitcher Pablo Lopez #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during the 1st inning of the opening   time  crippled  against the Kansas City Royals astatine  Kauffman Stadium connected  March 28, 2024 successful  Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 28: Starting pitcher Pablo Lopez #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during the 1st inning of the opening time crippled against the Kansas City Royals astatine Kauffman Stadium connected March 28, 2024 successful Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
 Griffin Jax #22 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated by Ryan Jeffers #27 aft  the Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 to triumph   the opening   time  crippled  astatine  Kauffman Stadium connected  March 28, 2024 successful  Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 28: Griffin Jax #22 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated by Ryan Jeffers #27 aft the Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 to triumph the opening time crippled astatine Kauffman Stadium connected March 28, 2024 successful Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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