Twins Home Opener Underway at Target Field

Updated: 04/01/2013 3:28 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The Twins opened their season Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

It is expected to be a cold home opener with low temperatures in the 30's and wind chill temperatures in the 20's.

It could be the coldest outdoor home opener, too.

According to records, April 14, 1962 was the coldest outdoor home opener with a temperature of 33 degrees.

It's also the earliest outdoor home opener in team history.

"Anyone and everyone who comes to target field will be part of history, part of our earliest opening day ever outdoors so it's got to be cold, doesn't it?" said Twins Spokesman Kevin Smith.

PREPARATIONS

Target Field cranked up the heat for Monday's game. The field itself is heated to about 64 degrees and more than 300 overhead heaters will be turned on around the ballpark. There are also new heated benches in the player dugouts.

"This building was designed and built to accommodate the variety of weather we have in Minnesota," Smith said.

The Twins hosted a breakfast at 6 a.m. Monday on the Target Field Plaza, 1 Twins Way. Gates opened at 1 p.m. The game started at 3:10 p.m.

WHERE TO SIT

Wondering where to sit at Target Field on cold days?

You should be in the sun in the lower deck from section 119 to 127. Same for the upper deck.
    
Anywhere in the outfield should also see plenty of sun.
 

LINEUP CHANGES

Meanwhile, Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire made a big change in the lineup Sunday night.
   
It involves Joe Mauer. He’ll move up from the number three spot in the order to the number two spot. Normally the best hitter on the team bats number three.
 
But the Twins really don't have a great choice to bat second.
     
Mauer led the American League in 'on base percentage' last year and with rookie Aaron Hicks leading off.