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KC@LAA: Weaver fans 10 in dominant Opening Day win

The Twins' bats are ice cold, and Wednesday's opposing starter throws some of the toughest heat to hit.

Minnesota has scored just six runs in four games -- all losses. Twins hitters have collected only 20 hits in those contests.

"We're a good team," catcher Ryan Doumit said after the club was swept by the Orioles. "We're going to score some runs."

First baseman Justin Morneau thinks players will continue to press at the plate until the goose egg is removed from the team's win column.

"We've got a lot of new guys," Morneau said, "and maybe guys are trying to do a little too much and trying to impress [while] trying to get that first one out of the way. But I think we have some good baseball players and some guys with experience. Once we [get] that first one, and once guys start to settle in a little bit and our team starts to come together and do what we're capable of, I think we'll be much better than what we've shown so far."

After an off-day Tuesday, the Twins and Angels will meet for the second game of their three-game set on Wednesday. Los Angeles will send Jered Weaver to the mound.

In his first start of the season, Weaver held the Royals scoreless on four hits in eight innings, as he picked up right where he left off a year ago.

"That's no fluke," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's what we see from Weaver every time we face him."

Weaver finished second in the 2011 American League Cy Young Award voting, with an 18-8 mark and 2.41 ERA.

In 10 career outings against the Twins, Weaver is 5-2 with a 3.90 ERA.

Angels: Wells off to slow start
• Outfielder Vernon Wells received the day off Monday. The veteran hit .154 (2-for-13) in the Angels' opening series against Kansas City.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Wells could be trying too hard to bounce back from a dismal 2011 campaign, in which he batted .218.

"There's no doubt about his passion," Scioscia said. "He understands how much we need him. There could be some things players do from time to time that are going to overcompensate for some things they're trying to correct. Vernon needs to get simple, and he understands that."

Scioscia said Wells' troubles aren't a result of anything he's doing with his swing.

"There's a couple things he's in the process of adjusting, more conceptual things rather than mechanical," Scioscia said. "His bat speed is still incredible, his hands are great. He just needs to settle in, and I think less will be more. He needs to keep it simple."

• Kendrys Morales and Torii Hunter have each twice batted fourth, one spot behind Albert Pujols in the lineup. Both players have found success at the plate through four games.

Morales, who missed all of last season and most of 2010 with an ankle injury, is hitting .375. Hunter had two hits on Monday to raise his average to .312.

"Those guys that are hitting behind Albert," Scioscia said, "you're going to see the opportunity for them to put up some numbers, and hopefully, they will."

Twins: Pavano hoping to get stronger
Carl Pavano surrendered four runs on five hits in seven innings of an Opening Day loss to the Orioles. What was more troubling, however, was his lack of velocity. The right-hander averaged about 85 mph on his fastball, down nearly four ticks from his average velocity last season.

Pavano attributed his slower heater to the time of the year.

"I've never been a guy who comes out of the gate as strong as I'll be the next couple of weeks," Pavano said. "Right now, I'm a little lower than I've been in the past, but you've just got to execute better pitches, and it's not always about velocity. That's nice to have. I'll get there. It's just taking a little more time."

Worth noting
• The Angels won six of their nine meetings with the Twins last season.

• The Twins have used a different lineup in each of their four games.

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