SECOND UPDATE: With light rain still falling, the Twins have moved first pitch back again, to 2:30 p.m.

     UPDATE: The rain has lightened up, but not stopped, though radar shows it will shortly. The Twins have announced that the game will begin at 2:15 p.m.

      There is virtually no chance that today's Twins-Indians game will be rained out, not with Cleveland being tied for the A.L. wild card lead. But a steady rain is falling at Target Field, so it won't start for awhile, either.

    The Twins' forecasts show the rain passing within an hour or two, and there is hope that the game could begin around 1 p.m. Fans are already in the ballpark, and a choir even sang the National Anthem, as though the game was starting at its scheduled 12:05 first pitch.

    When the game does start, Josmil Pinto will not be in the lineup, though manager Ron Gardenhire said Pinto's right hand, hit by a pitch last night, is merely bruised. He could pinch-hit today, and even catch tomorrow, should Gardenhire choose to use him. But Gardenhire said he wanted Eric Fryer, who the manager said has worked very hard since arriving in the big leagues, to catch today's game.

    Speaking of minor injuries, Michael Bourn is back in Cleveland's lineup, after missing a couple of days with a mild sprain of his right wrist.

    Here are today's lineups, for whenever the game begins (and check back; I'll post updates when we get them):



Bourn CF

Swisher RF

Kipnis 2B

Santana 1B

Brantley LF

Cabrera SS

Giambi DH

Gomes C

Aviles 3B


Kazmir LHP




Presley CF

Dozier 2B

Plouffe 3B

Doumit DH

Willingham LF

Colabello 1B

Mastroianni RF

Fryer C

Florimon SS


De Vries RHP

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