Opening Day of Major League Baseball saw Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis' star-crossed career on full display Thursday. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Lewis twice tore his ACL as a minor leaguer, missing all of 2021 and most of 2022 as a result. He nonetheless remained a top prospect and reached the majors for his first extended stay in 2023 -- only to play just 58 games because of an oblique strain and hamstring. But when he did play, he looked like a star -- hitting over .300 with power, including four grand slams in less than a month.

The Twins started the season in Kansas City on Thursday afternoon and Lewis began 2024 with a home run in his first at-bat, ripping a 423-foot blast to left field and then singled in his second at-bat.


However, when Carlos Correa then doubled, Lewis limped into third base and was replaced by a pinch runner (and don't blame cold weather as it was 65 degrees in Kansas City).

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According to Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli, Lewis underwent MRIs following his exit. But Baldelli did not have results to announce immediately after the game.

In the 4-1 win over the Royals Pablo Lopez became the first Twins pitcher to go 7 innings since Jose Berrios in 2019.


With a planned day off on Friday, the series resumes Saturday when Joe Ryan gets the start for the Twins. Seth Lugo will be on the mound for the Royals.

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