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Angels-Twins opening series at a glance

At Angel Stadium

Monday, 7 p.m.: Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.75 ERA in 2009) vs. Scott Baker (15-9, 4.36)

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60) vs. Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.03)

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Ervin Santana (8-8, 5.03) vs. Carl Pavano (5-4, 4.64)

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Thursday, 7 p.m.: Joel Pineiro (15-12, 3.49) vs. Kevin Slowey (10-3, 4.86)

On the air: TV: FS West on Monday and Wednesday; Channel 13 Tuesday and Thursday. Radio: 830, 1330.

2009 series: Angels, 6-4.

Opening-day facts: Former Angels outfielder Tim Salmon will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Taylor Longbrake, who made her first appearance with the Angels at age 8. Torii Hunter, Brian Fuentes, Howie Kendrick and General Manager Tony Reagins will take part in a pregame ceremony raising the Angels’ 2009 American League West championship flag.

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Of note

The Angels are trying to become the first AL West team to win four straight division titles since the 1971-75 Oakland Athletics, who are the only other team to accomplish the feat. The Twins have won five of the last eight AL Central titles.

Left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, who will open the season on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings of a camp game in Arizona Sunday morning. The left-hander, who is expected to be activated next week, threw 77 pitches.

The middle-of-the-order foursome of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel gives the Twins their best lineup since Ron Gardenhire became manager in 2002, but closer Joe Nathan’s season-ending elbow injury will be difficult to absorb.

The signing of Mauer to an eight-year, $184-million contract extension this spring helped boost the Twins opening-day payroll from $63 million in 2009 to $97 million in 2010. The Angels’ opening-day payroll is about $114 million, the same figure it closed 2009 with.

Bobby Abreu is a.394 hitter (52 for 132) against the Twins, his highest career average against any club.


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