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Play ball! (finally). Twins/White Sox endure long delay; team announces ticket policy

    UPDATE: After a steady drizzle all afternoon (except for a one-hour clearing around 12:30), the Twins will play today’s game after all. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. before what appears to be a sparse remaining crowd.

    All fans, even those who are here to watch the game, can exchange Thursday’s tickets for any game after Aug. 28, the Twins have announced.


    It’s raining, it’s pouring, waiting out rain delays is boring.

    But that’s the status at Target Field, where at 12:10 p.m. start for the Twins-White Sox finale appears all but impossible. The storm began around 10 a.m., and there is standing watcher on the warning tracks now. But the forecast shows the rain passing in a couple of hours, and Twin officials — though there’s no official word yet — seem optimistic that they won’t have to declare the third home rainout of the season.

    Nik Turley has to hope so, because it’s unlikely, after an off day earlier this week, that Paul Molitor would move his rotation back a day, since that would mean Ervin Santana would miss facing the Indians on Sunday. Turley would likely be skipped, and given Hector Santiago’s likely return next week in Boston, the left-handed rookie’s status might be in doubt.

    Given that the Twins have two doubleheaders already scheduled, including one in Chicago in August, it’s also likely that they will be willing to wait out the rain, just to keep the schedule from backing up even more.

    Speaking of Santiago, he’ll meet the Twins in Cleveland tonight, though he probably won’t be activated until they get to Boston next week. Molitor seemed satisfied with his rehab start yesterday, though it lasted only three innings (and 57 pitches), but isn’t ready to slot him into one of those four games in Fenway Park just yet.

    Once we play, the Twins will use Miguel Sano as their designated hitter for a second straight day, with Eduardo Escobar — his batting average now .300 — playing third base and batting fifth. 

    Here are the lineups, assuming there’s a game at some point today:

WHITE SOX

 

Anderson SS

Cabrera LF

Abreu 1B

Garcia RF

Frazier 3B

Davidson DH

Sanchez 2B

Smith C

Engel CF

 

Quintana LHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Sano DH

Grossman LF

Escobar 3B

Kepler RF

Polanco SS

Jimenez C

Buxton CF

 

Turley LHP

Postgame: Sano, Berrios and speed add up to a win

A couple notes from the Twins' win on Wednesday.

3-0 Sano: Miguel Sano had the green light on 3-0 in the third inning and clobbered a David Holmberg get-me-over fastball 414 feet and over the right field wall for a solo home run. That's how the big guys hit 'em. You are not going to see many righthanded hitters good deep to the opposite field like that. "It was impressive for me in that you don't get pull happy, even though it is 3-0" Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He knows that his power is anywhere. Not too many guys go oppo 3-0 because they are looking to yank." Sano was 2-for-15 against Cleveland but has homered in the first two games of this series. "I give him the green light most times," Molitor said, "but leading off an inning I make him take once in a while. But he's kind of in scoring position when he's at the dish."

Where is Jose going with this?: Jose Berrios is 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Only 11 pitches have more wins. Only five pitchers have a better ERA. By my calculations, Berrios will get three more starts before the All-Star break, so he won't be able to qualify for the league leaders. But could three more starts like Wednesday's make a case for him to be added to the All-Star roster? He might make things interesting. Aside from Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale, there aren't many blue bloods having big seasons. If Ervin Santana gets back on track after Tuesday's clunker, he has to be considered. And of course, how many relievers will be named to the team? But Berrios could make things interesting.

Sox yarns: David Holmberg doesn't hold runners on base well. "I thought off Holmberg, we had an opportunity," Molitor said. The Twins hit a season high with four stolen bases, three by Ehire Adrianza. Holmberg didn't even check Adrianza after he stole second in the third inning, and Adrianza swiped third. Then Brian Dozier got a big jump on him in the fourth....last year, I watched Tim Anderson play and thought he was going to be a pain in the Twins' rears for years. But Anderson is not having the best of seasons. He committed his 16th error of the season on the third inning, and I was told after the game the mistakes are wearing him down.