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Well, the big bird didn't want to visit the mound, perhaps wary of Major League Baseball's new rule limiting such trips to keep the pace of play.

The mercury was at 35 degrees (1.7 Celsius) for the 2013 home opener at Target Field and was close to beating the record of 34 (1.1 Celsius) degrees set back in 1962 at Met Stadium.

In the end, the eagle landing did not give Paxton any luck.

James Paxton is known for his laser focus. "So might as well see what happens".

The eagle then made a second, more successful attempt, as Paxton ducked his head but remained surprisingly calm.

As the bird extended its talons to perch the left-hander's right shoulder, Paxton dipped down and the bird couldn't gain traction on his gray jersey and gently went to the grass as a handler came in to corral the bird. In his lone start back on March 31, Gibson managed six innings with zero earned for a victory.


Somehow Paxton didn't freak out, and he took it like a champ, standing still. Knebel threw a 95 miles per hour fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers.

So he simply resumed warming up. "I was like, 'The guy (handler) is over there, I'm not the eagle guy.' I guess the eagle got confused".

Talk about poise under pressure. With that in mind, I think I have to lean toward the Twins for the win but otherwise I'm just going to stay away and enjoy the game. The Twins wound up having a pretty good day on the field, too.

"I don't know if it's a different Brian Dozier", Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He wouldn't have a chance to get on my shoulder".

Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver is listed on the injury report for today's contest. Twins catcher Mitch Garver called it "terrifying", but Twins closer Fernando Rodney joked about trying to use one of his celebratory imaginary arrows to bring it down.

Minnesota fans, meanwhile, could probably appreciate an eagle-free sporting event at this point.


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