After starting in left field for the Twins, Dinkelman had a diving catch and picked up his first hit with a line drive single to left. A large group of fans cheered on Dinkelman, chanting "MVP" and "Dink-el-man" when he came to the plate.
"It's awesome," Dinkelman said. "Getting to the Major Leagues was always something I wanted to do. When you get here and then get that first hit, it's a great feeling."
Dinkelman, a left-handed hitter, wasn't in the lineup on Sunday with left-hander Jeff Francis on the mound. That left him with some time to reflect on the debut after earning a promotion from Triple-A Rochester.
"It's really good to get that first hit because you don't want to go too long and put the pressure on yourself," Dinkelman said. "You get one out of the way and then see how things go from there."
Dinkelman had some friends and family from Illinois in attendance, but the loud chants for him were coming from a larger section of the crowd.
"I have no idea who those people were," Dinkelman said with a smile.