Eagle lands on Mariners pitcher James Paxton during national anthem

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At Minnesota's home opener Thursday, the pregame festivities included a ceremonial eagle flight. Gibson threw six shutout innings in his 2018 debut last week against Baltimore. "The talons, they were kind of sharp on my back, but I don't have any scratches I believe".

In the end, the eagle landing did not give Paxton any luck. The team has planned a day-long celebration to celebrate Opening Day at Target Field.

The Twins enter their home opener at 3-2 following wins at Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

According to the Seattle Times, the bald eagle was supposed to land on its handler's shoulder.

Talk about poise under pressure.

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Maybe the little guy was just looking for some of those Cracker Jacks everyone's always singing about; maybe he was trying to show a Canadian how majestic America's national bird could be. The Twins wound up having a pretty good day on the field, too.

"When I saw him like perk up on Paxton's arm, I'm gone", Buxton said.

Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver is listed on the injury report for today's contest. Twins closer Fernando Rodney joked about using one of the imaginary arrows he shoots into the air after converting a save to try to bring down the bird. "That's baseball. A lot of things happen".

Utilityman Hernan Perez came into the game to relieve the injured Knebel, getting La Stella to line out to left field.