MINNEAPOLIS - Yesterday's game between the Twins and Detroit Tigers was jolted when an alarm and a recorded warning to evacuate came over the Target Field sound system. The warning system was triggered when a lower-deck concession stand overheated, causing sprinklers to spray the area with water.
There never was any fire and cleaning crews were able to mop up the standing water. Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey says he's never had his windup stopped by a fire alarm, and says he and some of the players were laughing about it on the field. The game was never stopped and no one left the ballpark at the time of the announcement.
Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy didn't set the world on fire in the first game of his rehab assignment in Beloit. Batting leadoff, Hardy was oh-for-three with one strikeout and a throwing error in the Snappers' 1-0 loss last night to Cedar Rapids. Hardy is at the tail-end of his second stint on the disabled list for an injured left wrist. He was hurt sliding into third base during the Twins victory over the Tigers on May 4th at Target Field. If all goes well in Beloit, Hardy could rejoin the Twins sometime during this weekend's home series against Tampa Bay.