Rain earlier in the year had led the Twins to a situation where they were preparing to play six games in four days right after the all-star break. Rain on Friday has made things even tougher for the Twins.
A forecast that showed rain all day in Detroit forced the Tigers and Twins to call off Friday’s doubleheader. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at Comerica Park beginning at 12:10 p.m. They will then play another doubleheader on Monday in Chicago, giving them five games in three days.
“It’s something we can definitely handle. It’s not the way you draw it up,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You really hope that you don’t have to go through these type of situations, but when they’re in front of you and you have no choice, you have to go through them. … The seven-inning part of this is helpful to us. There’s significantly fewer innings that we will need to cover to get through these games, and that will be a good thing for us, because that is a lot of baseball.
Since this was their last scheduled trip to Michigan this season, the Twins will now have to return to Detroit on Aug. 30 in between a home series against the Brewers and the Cubs to complete the series. Baldelli said making up that game at Target Field with the Tigers as the home team — as the two teams did with a postponed game last season — was never part of the discussion.
The Twins will stick with their original pitching plans for the doubleheader, sending Charlie Barnes out for game one and Kenta Maeda out for game two. For Barnes, it will be his major league debut. Barnes is 5-2 with a 3.88 earned-run average in 11 starts for the Saints this season. The Twins have not yet announced a 40-man (or 26-man) roster move for Barnes.
“He’s a guy with very good feel for what he’s doing. He’s a guy who, he’s also been working on picking up the arm strength, the velocity, a little bit,” Baldelli said. “He’s been able to do that at times. He carries it throughout his starts, but he changes speeds very well. He’s got very good feel.”
Baldelli said the Twins plan to have J.A. Happ start the series finale against the Tigers as originally planned and they have not announced when Bailey Ober, who was slotted in for Saturday originally, will start.
The Twins have not solidified their plans for the series against Chicago yet, though Baldelli said José Berríos would likely still throw one game against the White Sox and they will likely be making a roster move for the other game.
It was an eventful all-star break for plenty of the Twins. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and reliever Taylor Rogers enjoyed the festivities in Denver. Mitch Garver and Jake Cave began rehab assignments. Berríos took his young kids to Orlando.
But no one can top Baldelli, who got married in a small ceremony to his longtime partner Allie Genoa on Tuesday with their dog, Bowie, standing in between them as they said their vows.
“It’s our family. It was a very family deal for us. It was Allie and Bowie and me and that was it,” Baldelli said. “We did everything together the entire afternoon and we took some pictures afterwards to document everything. It was a great day for us.”
Baldelli said the reports he’s gotten about Mitch Garver (groin) and Jake Cave’s (back) rehab assignments is that both are doing well. “Everything we would want to see from them, we’ve been able to see,” he said. Garver had three hits on Thursday. … The Twins promoted lefty Jovani Moran, their No. 30 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to Triple-A on Friday. Moran was 2-1 in 1.91 ERA in 20 games in relief at Double-A.