- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins postponed their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday because of inclement weather, the second straight game they had washed out at Target Field.

The Twins announced the decision in the early afternoon, more than six hours before the scheduled first pitch, and slotted the makeup for Thursday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

The Twins had a day off on Monday, meaning they haven’t played since Saturday afternoon.

Coaches and players came to the ballpark to work out a little bit and try to stay limber, while a cold, wet system stayed stuck over Minnesota with a forecast to linger well into the week.

Temperatures have been in the high 30s and low 40s, with steady rain falling since Saturday night and a bit of snow mixed in at times, too.

“They feel like they haven’t been out there in a year, and it’s only been a few days,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, adding: “Mother Nature’s winning right now.”

The predicted high for Wednesday was 45 degrees, with the chance of precipitation pegged at 70 percent, so that game could be in trouble, too.

“Mother Nature is what Mother Nature is. That’s one of those many aspects of life and baseball that you can’t do anything about,” said right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was supposed to start on Sunday, and on Tuesday, and will now take the mound on Wednesday opposite Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.


“You hope that we can step right back into it and get into a flow,” Gardenhire said.

Well, if the weather won’t relent, there’s always an NHL playoff game to watch. The Wild will play at Colorado in Game 7 of their first-round series on Wednesday night.

“I’m going to challenge something early and get thrown out of the game and come in here and watch hockey,” Gardenhire joked in his office.

The Dodgers, who were to begin a nine-game road trip, weren’t available for comment. They were scheduled to start Dan Haren on Wednesday and Josh Beckett on Thursday, but their rotation for the reshuffled series was yet to be determined.

The Twins picked Mike Pelfrey for the original game on Thursday afternoon, but Gardenhire said they hadn’t determined the starter for the makeup game on Thursday night.

Ricky Nolasco’s turn would be next, but teams are allowed to call up a 26th player for doubleheaders. So a Triple-A pitcher could make a spot start if either or both teams wanted to avoid using Greinke and/or Gibson on short rest this Sunday.

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