Twins play through rain
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jake Odorizzi took the ball on a drizzly night in Philadelphia earlier this season. The steady rain caused him to have trouble with his grip from the beginning. He was taken out before getting out of the first inning, the shortest start of his career.
Odorizzi again was the starter on a wet night as the Twins and Blue Jays got underway at 7:34 p.m. Wednesday, April17, at Target Field, a delay of 54 minutes. Despite the rain and conditions, it was a game the Twins were determined to play if at all possible.
“We almost always prefer to avoid doubleheaders,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Maybe there’s a very particular situation where it does make sense. … There are just other things you have to factor in when you start adding doubleheaders to the schedule.”
If they hadn’t been able to play, a number of factors would have come into play. For one, the Blue Jays, an American League East team, do not come back to Minnesota this season. Meanwhile, Thursday is a 12:10 p.m. getaway day game for the Twins, who are scheduled to head to Baltimore at night.
That meant if Wednesday’s game had been postponed, it would have either have had to be made up on mutual off day when the Blue Jays would have to return to Minneapolis or on Thursday, which would mean the Twins wouldn’t get in to Baltimore until the middle of the night.
“Neither is a fantastic outcome,” Baldelli said. “… There are definitely arguments and I don’t even know if some of it is psychological to just knock the games out as soon as possible where you don’t have to put these doubleheaders off into the future and know they’re coming.”
And that’s not even to mention Friday, when the forecast in Baltimore is for even more rain.
“We’ve been talking about the weather as much as anything, and it’s a lot more fun to talk about the players, but it is what it is,” Baldelli said.
Royal Rumble of skippers?
White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals manager Ned Yost had to be restrained from each other Wednesday afternoon after a bench-clearing fracas that followed Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller plunking Chicago’s Tim Anderson, who had tossed his bat after an earlier home run. The two managers were jawing at each other, sparking a discussion in the bowels of Target Field of who would win if they actually fought.
To that end, Baldelli was asked if all 30 managers were put in a ring, Royal Rumble-style, who his pick to win would be. Baldelli, after thinking about it, responded with an outside-the-box pick.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona, he said.
“Tito might win because no one would want to do anything to him,” Baldelli said. “He’d have them laughing about something and he would end up the last one in the ring and the second to last would end up jumping out. They’d just give it to him.”
Baldelli, at 37, is the youngest manager of the group, and his athletic skills in his younger days are well reported. So, how would he fare?
“I’d go sit in the corner with (Rays manager Kevin Cash) and (Blue Jays manager) Charlie (Montoyo) and BS about some stuff,” Baldelli said. “We would have fun with it somehow. I’d make fun of Charlie’s wrestling outfit, that’s for sure.”