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Odorizzi excited, locked in for start vs. Yankees

Buxton scheduled to return in New York; Twins contribute to Earth Day
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ST. PETERSBURG -- After completing the three-game weekend series with the Rays, the Twins will journey to Yankee Stadium for a four-game set against the Yankees.

Monday night's starter is right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who had plenty of experience against the Yankees while playing for the Rays (2013-17) in the American League East. In seven appearances (six starts) at Yankee Stadium, Odorizzi is 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- After completing the three-game weekend series with the Rays, the Twins will journey to Yankee Stadium for a four-game set against the Yankees.

Monday night's starter is right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who had plenty of experience against the Yankees while playing for the Rays (2013-17) in the American League East. In seven appearances (six starts) at Yankee Stadium, Odorizzi is 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA.

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Twins manager Paul Molitor said that's a plus.

"I think it helps,'' Molitor said. "There's kind of a process younger players go through, just being in the big leagues, going to tough environments like Yankee Stadium.

"It's a fun place to go play, once you feel like you belong there. Jake, obviously being in that division, knows what this is about. He's probably looking forward to that.''

Odorizzi said pitching in Yankee Stadium can be a nerve-wracking experience.

"You can't take a pitch off up there,'' said Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Rays during Spring Training. "The game can switch and transition so quickly. The lineup they put out there, obviously it's really good.

"You have to be locked in from pitch one. If you give them a little bit of daylight, they can [score]. No one is ever out of a game in Yankee Stadium. I've definitely seen the game and the bad up there.''

As much as Odorizzi relishes the opportunity to pitch in Yankee Stadium, he was somewhat disappointed that he missed a chance to face the Rays, his old team, at Tropicana Field.

"Just the way it worked out,'' Odorizzi said. "I was wanting to throw [against the Rays], but so many snow days and postponements changed things around. I liked seeing some of the guys on the field, but I didn't poke my head in the clubhouse. It's not my clubhouse anymore.''

Buxton in action
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, who went on the 10-day disabled list with migraines during the club's trip to Puerto Rico last week, was scheduled to play designated hitter on Sunday for Class A Advanced Fort Myers at Bradenton.

Buxton, who took batting practice Saturday, is scheduled to play center field on Monday and Tuesday when Fort Myers goes to Clearwater. After that, if all goes well, Buxton could join the Major League club in New York.

"We don't have to commit to that,'' Molitor said. "But if there are no setbacks, that's how it could work.''

Adrianza impresses
Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza got a start on Saturday night and responded with three spectacular early game defensive gems, making plays from deep in the hole. Molitor had Adrianza back in the lineup for Sunday's game.

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"He's got the ability to be a plus shortstop,'' Molitor said. "The fact that he hasn't had a chance to play a lot the last couple of years, maybe that affects your sharpness.

"We watch him work and he has that smoothness about how he handles the position. He's rangy. He has really good, soft hands. Playing on turf [Saturday night] after not playing a while, to react like that, it's definitely nice to see.''

Earth Day is every day
Major League Baseball celebrated Sunday's Earth Day by highlighting various league-wide sustainability efforts.

For the Twins, Earth Day is every day, considering the club's commitment to the cause.

The Twins are among 15 MLB clubs that have installed LED field lighting, featuring fixtures that are more energy efficient and have a lifespan of 30 years.

In the area of recycling, the Twins send waste collected at Target Field to the Hennepin County Energy Recovery Center, where it is incinerated and converted to energy that powers some of the downtown grid. Steam produced from that process is used to heat Target Field. Overall, the Twins composted 281 tons of organized material in 2017.

Through the club's Pentair rainwater collection system, the Twins save an average of 2 million gallons of water per year, reducing their need for municipal water by more than 50 percent.

The Twins also donate food to local food banks and organizations.

Joey Johnston is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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