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Twins, Red Sox uncertain if Tuesday game will be played

Field Level Media
13 Apr 2021, 17:55 GMT+10

Following the postponement of the Monday afternoon series opener because of the potential of more civil unrest in Minneapolis, it was unclear if the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox would play their scheduled Tuesday afternoon game at Target Field.

The strife-torn city, already on edge with thetrial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd taking place less than a mile away at the Hennepin County Government Center, had to deal with more unrest following a Sunday police shooting that killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, about 10 miles northwest of the city in Brooklyn Center. Protests and looting broke out in Brooklyn Center after the shooting.

A 7 p.m. curfew was announced for parts of the metropolitan area for Monday. The Minnesota Wild, who play across the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, also postponed their Monday night game with the St. Louis Blues while the NBA also postponed the Minnesota Timberwolves-Brooklyn Nets game at Minneapolis' Target Center.

Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said a decision on Tuesday's game likely wouldn't be made until Tuesday morning. The Red Sox also are scheduled to play games in Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We're in regular communication with law enforcement as well as people within the governor's office and elsewhere, and (this is) something we're monitoring," St. Peter said. "We would obviously like to play games when it's appropriate to play them, but at this point those are decisions that will be made here in the days to come."

One other thing to factor about a potential Tuesday game: the weather. The forecast is for a high of 37 with 10-20 mph winds and a chance of snow showers.

It remains to be seen whether Monday's scheduled starters, Red Sox left-hander Martin Perez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) and Twins lefty J.A. Happ (0-0, 2.25), would simply be pushed back a day and start Tuesday. Happ had just begun to warm up in the bullpen Monday when Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli walked over to the Red Sox dugout to inform manager Alex Cora of the postponement.

"Emotions across our community, emotions across our organization, are raw," St. Peter said. "So based on the events of the last 24 hours and as information started to come to light, playing a baseball game today felt a little less important."

Cora agreed.

"Our thoughts and prayers to the Wright family," Cora said. "Obviously a very tough situation, a sad situation. Especially in this area, right? It's been tough the last 12 months with everything that has been going on from that end."

Happ is 13-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 27 career games (26 starts) against the Red Sox, including 5-0 in six starts with the New York Yankees over the previous two years.

Perez, who went 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA while pitching for Minnesota in 2019, is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Twins.

Should the managers decide to stick with their regular rotation plans, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 1.46 ERA) would start for Boston on Tuesday and be opposed by right-hander Kenta Maeda (1-0, 2.61).

Eovaldi is 3-3 with a 5.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Twins, including 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three starts at Target Field.

Maeda is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in one career start against the Red Sox, an 8-1 loss at Boston in 2019. Maeda also pitched in three 2018 World Series games against the Red Sox while with the Dodgers, and he allowed four hits and one run over three innings while striking out six.

--Field Level Media

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