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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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Blue Jays needed to execute a perfect relay to nab C.J. Cron trying to score the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning Tuesday night, April 16. They did just that. Cron, hustling home on a Byron Buxton double in an attempt to tie the game, instead was thrown out, ending the game as the Minnesota Twins fell 6-5 at Target Field. The Twins entered the ninth trailing by two, but cut into that lead when Marwin Gonzalez hit his first home run as a Twin to lead off the inning.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tyler Duffey was getting ready for bed around 11:30 p.m. or so on Monday night, April 15, in Rochester, New York, when his Triple-A manager Joel Skinner called. With Rochester preparing for a Tuesday doubleheader, Duffey had figured he would be pitching. Instead, his Tuesday consisted of a flight to Minneapolis where he rejoined the Twins. Andrew Vasquez was sent down to make room for Duffey on the roster.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rocco Baldelli was a hot-shot prospect when Charlie Montoyo, then the manager of the Class-A Advanced Bakersfield Blaze, first met him in 2002. The two developed a long-lasting relationship from there. It’s one that has strengthened with time as they both joined the Tampa Bay Rays’ coaching staff for the 2015 season and then were announced as managers of their respective clubs — the Twins and Blue Jays — on Oct. 25, 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Martin Perez woke up Sunday morning with his hips feeling a bit tight. That, he said, is a good thing — a sign that he was using his hips as he wanted to in his bullpen on Saturday. “I think that’s key for me,” the Twins left-hander said. “That’s one thing that’s going to help me stay on my line and finish all my pitches.”
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pretty much nothing has been normal or consistent for the Twins in the first couple of weeks of the season. Well, except for Jose Berrios. Berrios, who got an extra day this turn through the rotation, has been mostly kept on normal rest as everything around him fluctuated. And as normal, Berrios delivered on Sunday, April 14, as part of the Twins’ 6-4 win over the Tigers in the series finale at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano stood in the Target Field batter’s box to take his swings a few hours before the Twins took on the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, April 13. He’s still weeks away from a return to the Twins, but seeing Sano hit on the field was a good sign for the team.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball is in many ways a game of routine, and two weeks into the season, the Twins haven’t had the chance to get into one. The Twins have yet to play games on more than three consecutive days, and the schedule presented to them had them off for five of 15 days — with a handful of interleague games thrown in.
NEW YORK — The Minnesota Twins will head back to Minneapolis late Wednesday night, April 10, after their game with the New York Mets, but pitcher Chase De Jong will remain in New York. The team optioned the De Jong to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday afternoon, one day after he threw 46 pitches and gave up four runs in the ninth inning of the Twins 14-8 win over the Mets. De Jong was added to the roster April 6 after beginning the year with the Red Wings. The Twins called up Andrew Vasquez, who arrived for his second stint in the big leagues.
NEW YORK -- The first series of the season brought some of the coldest games in Target Field history but no snow. The Minnesota Twins’ series in Philadelphia brought an uncomfortable, drizzly game but didn’t cause any delays, and Tuesday night’s rain delayed the game against the New York Mets just briefly. So those things aside, the Twins have been relatively lucky weather-wise to begin the season. Still, they know what’s waiting for them back in Minneapolis could present some challenges as the Twin Cities brace for snow this week.