Donaldson homers in Twins home opener win over Cardinals
Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs in his Target Field debut with Minnesota, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their home opener.
Homer Bailey pitched five innings for the victory in his first start for the Twins. Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Tyler O’Neill in the fifth.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez was pulled after 3 2/3 innings, when the homer by Donaldson ended his night. Polanco’s drive capped a five-run second for the Twins, who began their 60th season in Minnesota.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made his season debut, enabling the Twins to have their full squad together for the first time this calendar year. Back in Fort Myers, Buxton was still rehabbing, then early in Spring Training 2.0, first baseman Miguel Sano was out after testing positive for COVID-19. With Sano in the lineup Monday, along with Buxton, the Bomba Squad had its full arsenal.