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Leading off....Alex Gordon!

Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Royals open the 2017 season in Target Field in Minneapolis against the Twins. The Twins lost 103 games last year, dropping 15 of 19 to the Royals. However this is an improved team with some young potential stars.

Ned Yost announced his Opening Day lineup earlier this week, surprising many by picking young Raúl Mondesí to be his Opening Day second baseman. Alex Gordon moves back to the leadoff spot, where he is a lifetime .277/.352/.449 hitter.

2016 numbers listed

Kansas City Royals Bats PA HR AVG OBA SLG wRC+
LF Alex Gordon L 506 17 .220 .312 .380 85
3B Mike Moustakas L 113 7 .240 .301 .500 110
CF Lorenzo Cain R 434 9 .287 .339 .408 98
1B Eric Hosmer L 667 25 .266 .328 .433 101
C  Salvador Pérez R 546 22 .247 .288 .438 88
DH Brandon Moss L 464 28 .225 .300 .484 105
RF Paulo Orlando R 484 5 .302 .329 .405 95
SS Alcides Escobar R 682 7 .261 .292 .350 68
2B Raúl Mondesí S 149 2 .185 .231 .281 32

The Twins feature much of the same lineup they ended last year with, adding only free agent catcher Jason Castro from the Astros.

Minnesota Twins Bats PA HR AVG OBA SLG wRC+
2B Brian Dozier R 691 42 .268 .340 .546 132
DH Robbie Grossman S 389 11 .280 .386 .443 127
CF Byron Buxton R 331 10 .225 .284 .430 86
1B Joe Mauer L 576 11 .261 .363 .389 102
3B Miguel Sanó R 495 25 .236 .319 .462 107
C Jason Castro L 417 15 .210 .307 .377 88
SS Jorge Polanco S 270 4 .282 .332 .424 101
RF Max Kepler L 447 17 .235 .309 .424 93
LF Eddie Rosario L 354 10 .269 .295 .421 86

Danny Duffy takes to the hill for the Royals against former Royals pitcher Ervin Santana. Duffy had a career year last year with 12 wins, a 3.51 ERA and 2.8 fWAR. Santana was solid for an otherwise poor Twins pitching staff, going 7-11 with a 3.38 ERA and 3.81 FIP. In 181 1/3 innings he struck out 149 hitters. Santana has had problems with home runs before, but allowed just 19 last year.

First pitch is at 3:10 from Target Field and the game will air on Fox Sports Kansas City and on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.