MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins got things off on the right foot against the New York Yankees on Monday, July 22, at Target Field.
Well, sort of.
After Twins starting pitcher Martin Perez began the game with walks to DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, he coaxed Edwin Encarnacion to hit a ground ball to third base.
Minnesota third baseman Luis Arraez stepped on third for a force out, threw to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the force out and Schoop threw to Miguel Sano at first base.
What looked like trouble in the first inning for the Twins instead turned into a raucous celebration by the big crowd at Target Field.
It was the 13th triple play in Twins history, dating to 1961. It was Minnesota's first triple play since June 1, 2017, when Sano, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer turned one at Anaheim.
The first-inning fun wasn't finished for Minnesota. Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz hit home runs in the bottom of the inning to stake the Twins to an early 2-0 lead.
The Yankees used a home run by Gio Urshela and an RBI single by Encarnacion in the third inning to tie the game 2-2.