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Carl Pavano to start Twins' opener

Updated: January 25, 2012, 4:33 PM ET
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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't need spring training to know who his Opening Day starter will be April 6 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Gardenhire told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday night that Carl Pavano will start the team's opener.

"Pavano's going to start the first one," the Twins manager told the newspaper.

Pavano, 36, was 9-13 with a 4.30 ERA for the Twins, who lost 99 games last season to finish last in the AL Central, 32 games behind the Detroit Tigers. ...

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