Minnesota Twins fans coming to Wednesday’s doubleheader will be treated to a pretty good show for the price of one: Kenta Maeda and José Berríos will each get starts in the twinbill.
The Twins have rescheduled Monday’s game, which was postponed after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, and it will now be part of a straight doubleheader.
The first game will begin, as regularly scheduled, at 1:10 p.m., and the second will start approximately 30 minutes following the end of the first. Both game will be seven innings. Tickets were still available to Wednesday’s doubleheader as of Tuesday afternoon, and fans holding tickets to the originally scheduled game will receive admission to both games.
For those who had purchased tickets directly from the team for Monday’s postponed game, the Twins are offering a credit, which can be put towards a future 2021 home game, as well as two complimentary tickets to a future weekday game.
Nelson Cruz was scratched shortly before Tuesday’s game with a non-COVID-19 illness. It’s the third time during the young season that a Twins player has missed time with an illness.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said they “ran Nellie through everything,” and do not have to worry about COVID-19, but they sent Cruz home early so he could continue to rest.
While Cruz’s status is unknown for Wednesday’s doubleheader, it sounds as if the Twins will be welcoming the return of third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has been on the injured list with a strained hamstring. Donaldson has been out since Opening Day.
“I think it’s fair to look for him out there tomorrow,” Baldelli said. “I assume everything will go as planned and we could see him then.”
The Twins didn’t quite get 85 percent of their Tier 1 employees vaccinated last Thursday, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration calling for a pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, that might have gotten slightly more difficult Tuesday.
Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 have developed a blood clotting disorder following their vaccinations of the nearly seven million people who have been administered the shot. The Twins who were vaccinated on Thursday received the J&J shot and side effects have been mostly minimal for the group and seemingly cleared up after a day or so.
At 85 percent vaccinated, teams will be able to loosen up some restrictions. The Twins are very close to that number and have been very hopeful that they will get to it as a team.
“I think there’s a challenge there that when you are talking about maybe some individuals who are hesitant to get a vaccine and all of a sudden there is a headline that looks scary, I think it frightens people,” Baldelli said. “And it’s upsetting to me because when you actually read the information and look at it, it’s not anything close to as frightening as it would seem from reading a headline. But yes, it does create challenges for us going forward, for sure.”
The Twins held a moment of silence for Wright before Tuesday’s game. … The game-time temperature was 33 degrees at first pitch. The coldest game-time temperature in Target Field history was 27 degrees on April 7, 2018. Tuesday’s was the third-coldest in Target Field history.