Twins belt three home runs, dust Mariners 10-2 in home opener
April 9, 2021
Chants of "MVP! MVP!" reverberated through Target Field on Thursday.
Sure, the seventh game of a 162-game season might be a little soon to crown Byron Buxton the best player in the American League. But with a large group of fans rooting for the Twins in person at Target Field for the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, a little hyperbole is understandable.
Buxton, the Twins center fielder, hit cleanup for the first time in his career and belted his fourth home run of the young season in a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners before 9,675 in the home opener. He also doubled and singled, raising his average to .421. Seven of his eight hits have gone for extra bases.