Some Twins players were seen in the dugout at times during the rain delay on Tuesday. Some played Golden Tee -- the visitor's clubhouse here is one of the few with arcade games in it. Others talked trash.
Yes, trash. Fantasy football trash. Trevor Plouffe plays Mike Pelfrey this week so the pre-game hype was on.
Plouffe actually said the room was full of team owners trying to make deals.
``We always talk about deals," Plouffe said, ``but nothing ever happens."
So it seemed as if the Twins had a feeling this game was going to get called. The radar showed a clear path that suggested the game could be squeezed in -- but some green blob formed just west of Cleveland. The decision to call the game was a good one, because it's raining harder now and the wind has picked up considerably.
The Twins now are challenged with trying to sweep a doubleheader in order to keep their wild card hopes afloat. Kyle Gibson will face Carlos Carrasco at 3:10 p.m. in the opener -- that's Central time. The second game will start about 30 minutes after the end of the first game. Mike Pelfrey will face Cody Anderson.
``It's hard to win one game, you know," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``I'm sure there's statistics and all those things that support various theories on doubleheaders on the road. Can't worry about those things, have to look at it as two opportunities to win.
``Doesn't change what we need to do."
WHAT ABOUT SUNDAY?: The rainout creates more questions about the rotation. Now pushed back a day, Gibson will be unable to start the season finale on Sunday. Some combination of Phil Hughes and Tommy Milone now look in line to start the final two games of the regular season. Gibson and Pelfrey would be options for the tiebreaker, if there is one, or the wild-card game, if the Twins advance.
Molitor might announce his plans for the final two games of the Royals series on Wednesday. Hughes was scratched from his start on Monday because of illness but felt better on Tuesday.
Mother Nature is the latest reason Molitor has had to plan his rotation in pencil.
``The obvious questions will be how it plays into the weekend if games stay meaningful, which I hope they do," Molitor said.``It just kinda changes how things shape up as we get to Sunday. We'll have options. Right now, we'll have (Gibson and Pelfrey) tomorrow, Duff on Thursday and Ervin (Santana) on Friday. And then we'll have to figure out what to do Saturday and Sunday."