CHICAGO -- Opinions are mixed here at U.S. Cellular Field about whether today's 1:10 p.m. game between the Twins and White Sox will be played. A steady, cold rain is falling, and the current temperature is 37 degrees.
But the White Sox employees I've encountered here at the ballpark believe we'll wait out the rain, which is supposed to slack off by 2 p.m. I'm skeptical -- the temperature isn't supposed to reach 40 degrees, the field is soaked, and both teams have flights to make day games tomorrow. Besides, I cannot imagine more than a couple hundred fans showing up in this awful weather; there were only 10,000 here (or so they say) in chilly but dry conditions tomorrow.
If they do play, Phil Hughes will make his Twins debut, facing White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana.
The Twins have arrived and are in the visiting clubhouse, with batting practice cancelled. Check back to see who's right about today's game.
UPDATE: So much for my weather-predicting skills. It's still raining lightly, but the grounds crew has removed the tarp and is preparing the infield. There still are a couple of puddles visible in the outfield, but we're told they will disappear soon. The Twins have broken out their cold-weather gear, and all signs point to the game going on as scheduled.
It's 36 degrees at the moment and overcast, so it'll be plenty cold and wet. That may have something to do with Ron Gardenhire's decision to make Joe Mauer the designated hitter today, and put Chris Colabello at first base. "He's a mudder," Gardenhire said of Colabello.
Here are today's lineups, including the 2014 debut for Hughes and Josmil Pinto:
A. Garcia RF
De Aza LF
L. Garcia 2B