Manager Rocco Baldelli put a positive spin on it just hours before the Twins took on the Yankees on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, but coming back to New York to make up a game during the midst of a homestand was not anybody’s first choice.
Throw in some mechanical problems on the team charter and the fact that the Twins have a doubleheader schedule scheduled for Tuesday, and it’s even worse — not that the Twins are complaining.
“We love baseball, so we’ll take any game we can,” Baldelli said. “We love showing up to the ballpark, even if it’s a one-day trip with a little bit of plane trouble mixed in and showing up later than normal. In all honesty, you kind of have to embrace everything that comes your way when you have these things come up.”
Embracing everything means even the plane troubles, which forced the team to change aircrafts in the process — not ideal by any measure, though much better than flying on a plane with mechanical issues.
The Twins didn’t make it to their hotel until around 1:30 a.m. ahead of a Monday day game that began at 1:10 p.m. They originally were scheduled to make it there around 9:45 p.m. or so.
Monday’s makeup game marked the second time in as many weeks that the Twins had to take a scheduled off day during the middle of a homestand and use it to replace a rain-postponed game. The Twins also had to do so on Aug. 30, beating the Tigers 3-2 during their return trip to Detroit.
Earlier this season, they had to travel to Anaheim for a day to play a doubleheader against the Angels after a COVID-19 outbreak in April forced the postponement of two games.
“You hope not to have one-day makeup trips scheduled on several of your off days over the course of the season. I think that’s very obvious,” Baldelli said. “But when they do come up, there’s really no positive thing or no use in complaining about it in any way. We do what we have to do and we show up and get go at it.”
As a result of another postponement, this one at home, the Twins will play host to Cleveland for three days over the course of two days. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday at Target Field with the first game set for 2:10 p.m. and the second scheduled for 6:40 p.m.
Rookie Joe Ryan will start the first game of the doubleheader, which Baldelli said he chose, against the same team he shut down for seven innings last week. Charlie Barnes will serve as the team’s 29th man for the doubleheader and start the second game.
Barnes, who has a 6.59 earned-run average in six games with the Twins — five starts — this season, was optioned to Triple-A two weeks ago.
Twins outfielder Brent Rooker and his wife, Allie, welcomed a baby girl on Monday morning. They named her Blair Evelyn. The Twins placed Rooker on the paternity list Monday, where he may stay for up to three days. To fill his spot on the roster, they recalled reliever Kyle Barraclough.