April 2014

Twins-Dodgers postponed due to inclement weather

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ scheduled game with the Dodgers on Tuesday at Target Field was postponed due to inclement weather, and it will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday.

It marked the second straight game postponed due to weather for the Twins, as Sunday’s game against the Tigers was also postponed and will be made up at a later date. Rain and snow was in the forecast on Tuesday, leading to the decision to postpone the game more than six hours before scheduled first pitch.

Tuesday’s scheduled game will be made up at 6:10 p.m. CT on Thursday, while Thursday’s day game will be held as originally scheduled at 12:10 p.m. Gates open for Game 1 at 11 a.m. and open for Game 2 at 5 p.m.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was scheduled to start on Sunday before he was pushed back to Tuesday because of Sunday’s rainout, will start on Wednesday.

“You just have to roll with it,” Gibson said. “Mother nature is something you just have to deal with. It’s my third time treating it like it’s my start. But I threw a bullpen Sunday and I feel good about that. So I was able to work on stuff I think is going to help me. I’m just preparing as much as I can.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire added that right-hander Mike Pelfrey will start Game 1 of the doubleheader but the starter for Game 2 won’t be announced until Wednesday. If the Twins don’t recall a player from Triple-A Rochester for Thursday’s start, the Twins would have to either call up a starter for Sunday against the Orioles or use Gibson on short rest. Left-handers Kris Johnson and Logan Darnell are candidates to be recalled if the Twins decide to go that route.

“Gibson is going to start tomorrow, and Mike Pelfrey will start the first game of the doubleheader and then we’ll go from there and figure out who’s starting from there,” Gardenhire said.

The Twins still held workouts at Target Field despite the rainout with position players hitting in the cages and pitchers throwing light bullpen sessions. Gardenhire said the decision was made to hold a workout because the Twins haven’t played since Saturday.

“Guys who went out there throwing today said it felt like they hadn’t in a year. It’s only been a few days but we had an off-day also. So it’s been a couple days without baseball so it’s been a little different. Mother nature is winning right now.”

Fans holding tickets to the postponed game have two options: They can use their tickets for the rescheduled game on Thursday or exchange them for a future Twins regular-season game in 2014. Unused tickets may be exchanged only at the Target Field ticket office located on Target Plaza off 7th Street.

Tuesday marked the third time a game has been postponed due to weather at Target Field this season. It’s also the 11th postponed game since the stadium opened in 2010.

Game 2: Twins shuffle lineup with Mauer hitting second

CHICAGO — The Twins shuffled their lineup against the White Sox on Wednesday, as Joe Mauer moved up into the two-hole while Kurt Suzuki slid down to bat seventh with right-hander Felipe Paulino on the mound.

Suzuki hit second in the first game of the season on Wednesday, and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the lineup is still a work in progress.

“We’re going to move him up and down the lineup, and we’re going to move our lineup around an awful lot,” Gardenhire said. “We’re going to change it up.”

Jason Kubel also made his first start of the year, batting cleanup and starting in left field with Josh Willingham hitting third and serving as designated hitter.

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is expected to make his first start on Thursday over Suzuki with left-hander Jose Quintana starting for Chicago in the series finale.

“Suzuki is our starter so he’s going to catch a lot of games,” Gardenhire said. “Pinto is going to play a lot, too. So we’ll get Pinto into a lot of ballgames.”

Twins lineup:

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Jason Kubel, LF
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Aaron Hicks, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kevin Correia

White Sox lineup:

1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Marcus Semien, 3B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Adam Dunn, DH
5. Avisail Garcia, RF
6. Alejandro De Aza, LF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Leury Garcia, 2B

RHP Felipe Paulino