- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels could have gone to bed Friday night tied with the Minnesota Twins in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.

That pursuit was put on hold for a day.

Friday night’s game between the Angels and Twins was postponed because of rain. The teams will make it up in a split doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s first game will start at 12:10 p.m., with the second game set for 6:10 p.m.

The Angels lost two of three in Seattle earlier this week, but took the opener of this four-game series on Thursday to pull to within a game of the Twins. Minnesota has lost three straight and entered Friday 1 1/2-games back of Houston in the AL wild-card race.

Despite getting a short night of sleep Wednesday after the series finale in Seattle and playing a four-hour marathon on Thursday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of a night off.

“Split doubleheaders are never a favorite for anybody. But we’ll be ready to go at noon,” Scioscia said. “It’s an early start, and then there’s an obvious lag between games where guys stiffen up.”

Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.32 ERA) was supposed to pitch for Los Angeles against Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.09) on Friday. Heaney will start Game 1 on Saturday, while the Twins will hold Pelfrey for Game 2, instead throwing Kyle Gibson (10-10, 3.71) in the first game. Garrett Richards (13-11, 3.81) will pitch the nightcap for Los Angeles.


Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (strained forearm) threw in the bullpen on Friday afternoon. Shoemaker hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 1. The Angels had not named a starting pitcher for Sunday’s game against the Twins, but Scioscia confirmed Friday night that Shoemaker would get the nod if he has no further setbacks.


Scioscia said Jered Weaver and Hector Santiago would start Monday and Tuesday, respectively, when the Angels begin a crucial three-game series at Houston. They won’t have a starter on four days rest for Wednesday’s game, but Scioscia said he wasn’t ready to look that far down the road yet.

“We’ll see how Game 1 (on Saturday) goes and we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll have enough time between games to figure it out.”

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