Suzuki’s three RBIs not enough
CHICAGO – Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his debut with Minnesota, but the Twins lost 5-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Monday in both teams’ season opener.
Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate who signed with Minnesota this offseason, started at catcher and batted second. He hit a two-run single in the third inning, and drove in another run with a base hit in the eighth.
“It definitely feels good, especially when you’re back there and you give up a couple runs, so it’s nice to get a couple back,” Suzuki was quoted as saying on the Twins’ website.
Alejandro De Aza hit two home runs for the White Sox, both off Ricky Nolasco.
“Obviously, a couple mistakes got hit,” Suzuki was quoted as saying. “On a better day, they miss those mistakes.”
Chicago’s Chris Sale allowed three runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings for the win. He struck out eight batters.
Jose Abreu, a former standout in Cuba, doubled on the first major league pitch he saw, leading off the second inning, and finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI for the White Sox.
“You wanted to get that first one out of the way,” Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million deal in the offseason, said through an interpreter. “Once you get it, it’s a very happy moment. The first thing I thought of was my mother.”
Abreu’s family is expected to join him at some point this season. He wouldn’t say where his mother is, other than “somewhere close, but we can’t really comment on that.”
De Aza hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the sixth for the first multihomer game of his career – and the first by a White Sox player in a season opener at home since 1960, when Minnie Minoso hit two against the Kansas City Athletics.