Heavy rain forecasted throughout the day in the Twin Cities led to the early postponement of the scheduled contest between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
The game will be made up on Saturday, June 17, as part of a day-night doubleheader from Target Field in what was originally a three-game weekend set. The two clubs will also meet on August 15-17.
The cancellation is the first for both clubs in the first month of the season.
The Indians pulled back to the .500 mark at 7-7 with a pair of wins on Monday and Tuesday to open the series and earn at least a split with the Twins, who started the four-game set at 7-5 but now sit tied with the Tribe in the American League Central Division.
With the rainout, the pitching probables for Thursday’s 1:10 PM ET finale have changed for the Twins. Rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday night, but will be skipped in favor of veteran right-hander Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.41 ERA), who will stay on normal rest for his turn. The Indians will push all of their starters back a day, with Wednesday’s projected starter Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44) getting the start on Thursday afternoon.
Bauer will look to earn his first career win at Target Field. Overall, he has a 1-5 record against the Twins with a 5.32 ERA in eleven starts. Santana will hope that a new year and a good start will alter his odds against the Tribe – he is 5-11 in 21 starts against the Indians with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In his last start on Saturday, he fired a complete game one-hit shutout over the Chicago White Sox, allowing only a third inning single to catcher Omar Narvaez.
Corey Kluber will now start the opener in Chicago on Friday night, when the Indians could possibly get former All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis back from his rehab assignment.
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