Berrios was Minnesota’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft and made his major-league debut late in the 2016 season.

After striking out on Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football, ESPN has considered big names, like Brett Favre, and not as big, like Booger McFarland, while holding auditions as if it were American Idol.
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The analyst competition remains open as ESPN has lined up Rex Ryan and McFarland for upcoming auditions, sources said. Ryan, a Sunday NFL Countdown analyst, called a Monday night double-header game with Beth Mowins to begin last season. McFarland is a college football analyst, who was on the first week of Get Up!

ESPN has had All-Pro tight ends Jason Witten and Greg Olsen in for auditions. Both are under contract to play next season, while the network also has considered Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and the recently retired Joe Thomas, among others.

The 23-year-old was born and raised less than 10 miles away in Papa Juan and expects to have as many as 150 relatives and friends in the stadium when he hurls the game’s first pitch, becoming Bruce Ellington Jersey the first native Puerto Rican to throw a major-league pitch in his native land since the Expos’ Javier Vazquez on Sept. 7, 2003

My family has been waiting a long time for this, just like I have, Berrios said. This is a special moment for all of us, for the country to come together as one.

He established himself as a potential cornerstone of the Twins’ rotation a year ago, going 14-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 25 starts and was a leading candidate to be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Instead, manager Paul Molitor adjusted his rotation to make sure Berrios’ turn would fall during one of the two games in Puerto Rico — a plan that nearly was shattered when a spring blizzard wiped out three straight games ahead of the road trip.
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