Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Twins battle cold, Mariners and come out on top

Twins battle cold, Mariners and come out on top

The Twins caught a break in opening the year against the Orioles and the Pirates.

"I think it's a sign of how strong the wind was tonight, or that maybe I need to get in the weight room more", Dozier joked. He had no idea it would come well before the game.

Eagles by nature will seek the highest point as a landing spot. Knebel threw a 95 miles per hour fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers.

But "Big Maple", as he's called, didn't know what would be in store for him from this eagle.

During the National Anthem, Paxton was standing alone in left field at Target Field between warm-up throws.

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Paxton did anything but panic, not flinching as the eagle made a first pass at him.

According to the Seattle Times, the bald eagle was supposed to land on its handler's shoulder.

"I don't know if it's a different Brian Dozier", Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Temperatures will be brisk for Thursday afternoon's game against Seattle, hovering in the mid-30s. "I was just standing there trying not to panic".

Somehow, Paxton looked unconcerned by the invasion of his field space, and nimbly shirked the bird's advances to stand on his shoulder and back.

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