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Let's play two: Farewell, Blue Jays, after frigid doubleheader at Target Field

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • April 17, 2014 - 11:40 AM

The temperature should be around 34 degrees at first pitch of the day-night doubleheader beginning at 12:10 p.m. today at Target Field between the Twins and Blue Jays. There is a good chance it will be right around that mark -- two degrees above freezing -- when the last pitch is thrown somewhere around 9 or 9:30 tonight in Game 2.

In between, it might get as warm as 40.

We were over at Target Field for an announcement this morning on members of the Twins organization being named ambassadors for the All-Star Game, which is being held in a few months at Target Field when it will hopefully be a few dozen degrees warmer.

We went outside near field level right afterwards, around 10 a.m., and not long after manager Ron Gardenhire popped into the dugout, looked around and simply mouthed the word, "wow." Pitching coach Rick Anderson did the same thing. The field itself looked great; at that point, though, there was snow on top of both dugouts and plenty of wet spots along the edges and warning track.

It's somewhere between impressive and crazy that the Twins will likely pull this off today and get both games in. The unbalanced schedule means this is Toronto's only visit to Minnesota this year, so the Blue Jays clearly have an interest in getting in all three games and not having to wedge in an extra game somewhere later in the year. But we have to imagine actual butts in seats will be hard to find.

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