Manager Rocco Baldelli put a positive spin on it hours before the Twins fought the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon, but coming back to New York to make a game between a homestand was not anyone’s first choice.
Throw some mechanical problems on the team charter and the fact that the Twins have a doubleheader schedule for Tuesday, and it’s even worse — it’s not like the Twins are complaining.
“We love baseball, so we’ll take any game we can,” Baldelli said. “We like to show up to the ballpark, even if it’s a day trip with a little bit of plane trouble and shows up later than usual. In all honesty, you have to embrace everything that comes your way when your These things come close.”
Embracing everything also meant plane trouble, which forced the team to change aircraft in the process – not ideal by any measure, though far better than flying on an aircraft with mechanical issues.
The Twins didn’t arrive at their hotel until about 1:30 a.m. before Monday’s day’s play, starting at 2:10 ET. They were originally scheduled to make it around 9:45 p.m. or later.
Monday’s makeup game marked the second time in as many weeks that the Twins had to take a scheduled day in the middle of the homestand and use it to replace a rain-postponed game. The Twins did the same on August 30, beating the Tigers 3–2 on their return trip to Detroit.
Earlier this season, he had to travel to Anaheim for a day to play a doubleheader against the Angels after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of two games in April.
“You don’t expect many of your one-day makeup trips to be scheduled during the season. I think that’s pretty obvious,” Baldelli said. “But when they come up, there’s really no positive thing to do or any use to complain about it. We do what we have to do and we show up and go at it.” Huh. ”
As a result of another postponement, it will host Cleveland at home, the Twins for three days over the course of two days. Both teams will play a double-header at Target Field on Tuesday, with the first game at 2:10 pm and the second at 6:40 pm.
Rookie Joe Ryan will start the first game of the doubleheader, which Baldelli said he had chosen, against the same team he was locked out for seven innings last week. Charlie Barnes will serve as the team’s 29th player for the doubleheader and start the second game.
Barnes, who has an average of 6.59 earned-runs in six games with the Twins – this season, was selected to Triple-A two weeks ago.
Twins outfielder Brent Rucker and his wife Allie welcomed a baby girl on Monday morning. They named her Blair Evelyn. The Twins put Rucker on the paternity list on Monday, where he could stay for three days. To fill his spot on the roster, he recalled reliever Kyle Barraclough.