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Park firsts

Opening Day (April 12, 2010)

Score Minnesota Twins 5, Boston Red Sox 2

First Hit Marco Scutaro

First Win Carl Pavano (Twins)

First Loss Jon Lester (Red Sox)

 

Comparison to the Metrodome

 

Target Field

H.H.H.

Metrodome

Seats 39,504 46,564*

Lower Deck Seats 19,000 21,621

Private Suites 54 115**

Group Party Suites 12 1

Club Level Seats 7,000 not applicable

Upper Deck Seats 13,468 28,779

Disabled Seating 820 190

Lower/Club Seats

between 1st and 3rd Base about 12,037 6,679

Outfield Seats about 6,748 18,594

Seats with Obstructed Views < 200 1,392

Main Concourse 40 feet (12 m),

open to field 22 feet (6.7 m),

closed to field

Total Restrooms 34 16

*6,000 seats were covered by a curtain; these and others made the stadium expandable to 55,883 during baseball playoffs and certain games in the last homestand and one-game playoff in October 2009.

**Controlled by the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Field dimensions are roughly comparable, with the left field area being a few feet closer to the plate, and the center field area being bounded by a 45-degree facet instead of a quarter-circle.

The new field has often been referred to as a "pitcher's park" in that it is difficult for batters to hit home runs and the pitcher has an advantage. Twins star Justin Morneau spoke for many of the players' concerns by calling "right-center to left-center... ridiculous" and that it is "almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to [homer to the] opposite field and very difficult for lefties".

After the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Twins announced $4-6 million in renovations and improvements to the field, none of which altered the dimensions of the outfield walls.

 

First Game at Target Field:

 

Minnesota Twins 5, Boston Red Sox 2
Game Played on Monday, April 12, 2010 (D) at Target Field

BOS A    0  0  0    1  0  0    0  1  0  -   2  7  0
MIN A    2  1  0    1  0  0    1  0  x  -   5 12  0

BATTING

Boston Red Sox               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Scutaro ss                    4   0   2   0       0   0       0   3
Pedroia 2b                    3   0   1   1       0   0       1   3
Martinez c                    4   0   0   0       0   0       6   1
Youkilis 1b                   4   1   1   0       0   0      11   0
Ortiz dh                      4   0   1   1       0   2       0   0
Beltre 3b                     4   0   1   0       0   0       2   2
Drew rf                       3   0   0   0       0   1       2   0
Cameron cf                    3   0   0   0       0   2       0   0
Hermida lf                    2   1   1   0       1   1       2   0
Lester p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Atchison p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Schoeneweis p               0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       31   2   7   2       1   6      24   9

BATTING -
2B: Pedroia (2,off Pavano); Youkilis (3,off Pavano); Ortiz (2,off Pavano);
Hermida (2,off Duensing).
SF: Pedroia (2,off Guerrier).
GDP: Martinez (4,off Guerrier).
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING -
CS: Scutaro (1,2nd base by Pavano/Mauer).

Minnesota Twins              AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Span cf                       3   2   1   0       2   1       6   0
Hudson 2b                     5   1   1   0       0   1       1   3
Mauer c                       5   0   3   2       0   1       6   0
Morneau 1b                    4   0   0   0       1   1       7   2
Cuddyer rf                    4   0   1   1       0   0       2   0
Kubel dh                      4   1   3   2       0   0       0   0
Young lf                      3   0   1   0       1   1       1   0
Hardy ss                      4   0   1   0       0   1       1   1
Punto 3b                      4   1   1   0       0   1       1   2
Pavano p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       2   2
  Duensing p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Guerrier p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Rauch p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       36   5  12   5       4   7      27  10

FIELDING -
DP: 1. Hudson-Hardy-Morneau.

BATTING -
2B: Mauer 2 (5,off Lester,off Schoeneweis).
HR: Kubel (2,7th inning off Atchison 0 on 0 out).
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING -
SB: Punto (2,2nd base off Lester/Martinez); Span 2 (3,2nd base off Lester/Martinez,2nd
base off Atchison/Martinez).

PITCHING

Boston Red Sox               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Lester L(0-1)                 5     9   4   4   3   5   0  27
Atchison                      2     2   1   1   1   1   1   9
Schoeneweis                   1     1   0   0   0   1   0   4
Totals                        8    12   5   5   4   7   1  40

Minnesota Twins              IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Pavano W(2-0)                 6     4   1   1   1   4   0  22
Duensing                      1     2   1   1   0   2   0   5
Guerrier                      1     1   0   0   0   0   0   3
Rauch SV(5)                   1     0   0   0   0   0   0   3
Totals                        9     7   2   2   1   6   0  33

Duensing faced 1 batter in the 8th inning

Umpires: HP - Jeff Nelson, 1B - Mark Wegner, 2B - Tim Tschida, 3B - Kerwin Danley

Time of Game: 2:59   Attendance: 38145

Starting Lineups:

   Boston Red Sox                Minnesota Twins         
1. Scutaro             ss        Span                cf
2. Pedroia             2b        Hudson              2b
3. Martinez            c         Mauer               c
4. Youkilis            1b        Morneau             1b
5. Ortiz               dh        Cuddyer             rf
6. Beltre              3b        Kubel               dh
7. Drew                rf        Young               lf
8. Cameron             cf        Hardy               ss
9. Hermida             lf        Punto               3b
   Lester              p         Pavano              p

RED SOX 1ST: First game at Target Field, Minneapolis;
Scutaro singled to center; Scutaro was caught stealing second
(pitcher to second); Pedroia doubled to left; Martinez flied to
center; Youkilis grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Red Sox 0, Twins 0.

TWINS 1ST: Span walked; Hudson singled to left [Span to second];
Mauer lined to left; Morneau popped to first; Cuddyer singled to
left [Span scored, Hudson to second]; Kubel singled to first
[Hudson scored, Cuddyer to third]; Young walked [Kubel to
second]; Hardy forced Young (shortstop to second); 2 R, 3 H, 0
E, 3 LOB.  Red Sox 0, Twins 2.

RED SOX 2ND: Ortiz was called out on strikes; Beltre grounded
out (first to pitcher); Drew grounded out (first unassisted); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Red Sox 0, Twins 2.

TWINS 2ND: Punto singled to third; Punto stole second; Span
grounded out (second to first) [Punto to third]; Hudson struck
out; Mauer doubled to left [Punto scored]; Morneau popped to
third; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red Sox 0, Twins 3.

RED SOX 3RD: Cameron struck out; Hermida walked; Scutaro flied
to center; Pedroia lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red
Sox 0, Twins 3.

TWINS 3RD: Cuddyer grounded out (third to first); Kubel grounded
out (second to first); Young singled to right; Hardy struck out;
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red Sox 0, Twins 3.

RED SOX 4TH: Martinez flied to center; Youkilis doubled to
right; Ortiz doubled to left [Youkilis scored]; Beltre grounded
out (third to first); Drew grounded out (second to first); 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 3.

TWINS 4TH: Punto was called out on strikes; Span walked; Span
stole second; Hudson grounded out (third to first) [Span to
third]; Mauer singled to shortstop [Span scored]; Morneau struck
out; Mike Cameron hit a fly ball down the LF line that went
between the pole and the limestone facing of the stands; it was
ruled a foul ball by 3B umpire Kerwin Danley; Red Sox manager
Terry Francona asked about the ruling, so crew chief Tim Tschida
looked at the replay and upheld the call; the gap between the
pole and the wall is very narrow; first replay in the fifth
inning of the first game in the park; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Red Sox 1, Twins 4.

RED SOX 5TH: Cameron struck out; Hermida was called out on
strikes; Scutaro flied to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Red Sox
1, Twins 4.

TWINS 5TH: Cuddyer grounded out (shortstop to first); Kubel
singled to right; Young struck out; Hardy singled to center
[Kubel to second]; Punto forced Kubel (third unassisted) [Hardy
to second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 4.

RED SOX 6TH: Pedroia grounded out (third to first); Martinez
grounded out (pitcher to first); Youkilis grounded out (second
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 4.

TWINS 6TH: ATCHISON REPLACED LESTER (PITCHING); Span singled to
left; Span stole second; Hudson grounded out (first unassisted)
[Span to third]; Mauer struck out; Morneau walked; Cuddyer flied
to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 4.

RED SOX 7TH: DUENSING REPLACED PAVANO (PITCHING); Ortiz struck
out; Beltre singled to center; Drew struck out; Cameron flied to
center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 4.

TWINS 7TH: Kubel homered; Young flied to left; Hardy grounded
out (second to first); Punto grounded out (shortstop to first);
1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Red Sox 1, Twins 5.

RED SOX 8TH: Hermida doubled to center; GUERRIER REPLACED
DUENSING (PITCHING); Scutaro singled to right [Hermida to
third]; Pedroia out on a sacrifice fly to right [Hermida
scored]; Martinez grounded into a double play (second to
shortstop to first) [Scutaro out at second]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Red Sox 2, Twins 5.

TWINS 8TH: SCHOENEWEIS REPLACED ATCHISON (PITCHING); Span struck
out (catcher to first); Hudson popped to first; Mauer doubled to
right; Morneau lined to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Red Sox 2,
Twins 5.

RED SOX 9TH: RAUCH REPLACED GUERRIER (PITCHING); Youkilis flied
to left; Ortiz popped to third; Beltre flied to right; 0 R, 0 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Red Sox 2, Twins 5.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Red Sox          2   7   0    4
 Twins            5  12   0   11

 

Data provided by: retrosheet.org

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