Twins-Indians postponed after all-day rain forecast – Twin Cities
The Twins’ game against the Cleveland Indians was postponed Saturday due to an all-day rain forecast,
The match will not consist of a double schedule Sunday, the series final with the Indians. Instead, the teams will play a split doubles schedule on September 14 when the Indians come to town for what was previously slated to be a quick two-game series. The first match will be played at 1:10 p.m., the second at 6:40 p.m.
The rain gives Minnesota their second day off in four days and offers a little extra rest as the Twins are set to play 15 straight days before the all-star break on July 12.
Kenta Maeda, who was scheduled to start on Saturday, will now pitch Monday on the road against the Chicago White Sox. JA Happ will launch at regular rest on Sunday. Bailey Ober and Jose Berrios will both see their starts postponed one day.
The Twins decided to keep lefty Happ on schedule in hopes of maximizing his performance against a heavy left-handed Indian lineup. It also allows Maeda to play in a night game, which Baldelli says is a “slight preference” rather than having her pitch a day game.
Cleveland starter and former Mounds View star Sam Hentges, who was due to make his home country debut on Saturday, will launch on Sunday. Hentges had around 35 family and friends expected for Saturday’s game.
Sano’s (almost) return
Miguel Sano was expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday after missing the last two games. It was the first time he had appeared in back-to-back games since returning from hamstring strain in early May.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli pointed to an influx of “good and young” left-handed hitters that made it difficult to find bats for everyone. Baldelli said he had a brief conversation with Sano about the team’s plans to change rosters.
âIt was more difficult to have everyone on the roster, and (Sano) faced some of those issues maybe more than other guys. But he’s still going to get his opportunities and his at-bat appearances, âsaid Baldelli. âNo one is excited to lose some of their clubs. But he fully understands the situation and will be good to go.
Sano is hitting 0.193 in 197 batting appearances this season with 14 homers, including 11 against a right-handed pitcher.
Michael Pineda kicked off a mock match on Saturday morning at Target Field as he continues to recover from a right forearm injury. Baldelli said Pineda felt “very good” about the way he threw the ball. As a result, Pineda will begin rehab with the St. Paul Saints next week and join the team after that, if all goes well.
âTo start again in St. Paul where he can go there, build himself up and feel things a little too, when he comes back, that will be good. Hopefully that will also give him a little more confidence when he comes back and takes the mound, âsaid Baldelli.
This, for the moment, leaves a free window in the rotation. The Twins opted for an enclosure game on Friday instead of naming a full starter. Baldelli said the team has not decided whether they will use that strategy again or name a more traditional starter for the opening, which is scheduled to take place on July 1 against the White Sox.
The Twins used five pitchers on Friday, and Danny Coulombe got the first start of his career. Coulombe only lasted 1â of an inning before Griffin Jax replaced him and threw 4â to secure the first victory of his career. Alex Colome, Taylor Rogers and Hansel Robles also launched.
Gordon in a new role
Nick Gordon had another solid game in Friday’s 8-7 win, going 2 for 4 with a double. He scored a single in the sixth inning and came to score on Luis Arraez’s winning double.
Gordon is hitting .333 in 45 batting appearances this season and has provided depth in the outfield despite playing primarily in the field throughout his minor league career.
âHe did a lot for us in a very short period of time, and he was very impressive,â said Baldelli.
Gordon had to adapt so as not to be an everyday player, which he had done almost exclusively throughout his minor league career.
â(I) really stay with my routine,â Gordon said. âDon’t try to do too much. Not trying to think too much. If I was playing every day, I would still do these things, and I would kind of continue to keep going, to keep my head in it and to focus.
Baby on the way
Baldelli and her fiance are expecting their first child, a daughter, in September, Baldelli announced on Saturday.
“There’s really nothing more than what me and Ally look forward to in life than what I’ve been told, and I guess and I know it’s probably going to change a lot of things, but all for the best, âhe said. mentionned. ââ¦ It will be a good time.