Twins take first loss, rain shower at Target FieldMinnesota Sports
- The Twins had to deal with the weather and a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins are now 1-1 at their new Target Field, after losing to Boston 6-3 yesterday.
Jeremy Hermida hit a three-run double for the Red Sox. Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-5 with a solo home run for the Twins, who’ve lost two-of-three overall. Justin Pedroia hit a tie-breaking home run off Kevin Slowey in the fifth inning. Justin Morneau popped out with three runners on to end the bottom of the seventh, the 11th straight time the Twins have failed to get a hit with the bases loaded. John Lackey got his first win for the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save.
The Twins added a lefthanded pitcher to the bullpen by activating Ron Mahay (may'-hay) and sending righthander Alex Burnett to Class Triple-A Rochester. Mahay signed with the Twins during Spring Training, and he needed more time in Florida to get his arm in shape. He allowed one run in four and two-thirds innings pitching for the Fort Myers Miracle in Class One-A. Burnett pitched one and one-third innings yesterday, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out two. It was his second appearance this season, and manager Ron Gardenhire says the righty needs to pitch on a regular basis.
Light rain continues to fall in downtown Minneapolis this morning, where the Twins are scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox in the getaway game of their three-game series. Because the Red Sox won't return to Target Field this season, grounds crew workers will do all they can to get the field playable for this afternoon's game. The Twins got a taste of the realities of outdoor baseball yesterday, with off-and-on showers throughout their 6-3 loss to the Red Sox. The rain began falling in the top of the third inning, but it was never heavy enough to stop play. The infield dirt and pitching mound became muddy enough for crews to spread some sand in an attempt to soak up the moisture.