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- Where’s the Dome when you need it? The Minnesota Twins have already had two rain-outs this season. A washout last night was only the third at the new outdoor Target Field since the Twins moved out of the Metrodome at the end of 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS - Where’s the Dome when you need it? The Minnesota Twins have already had two rain-outs this season. A washout last night was only the third at the new outdoor Target Field since the Twins moved out of the Metrodome at the end of 2009.
Of course, the place wouldn’t do the Twins much good these days, because of last winter’s roof collapse. Panels are still being fixed on the Teflon roof – and the Minnesota Vikings are not even sure if they can play their entire 2011 football schedule there, assuming the owners’ lockout ends on time.
Meanwhile, Twins’ fans are being told they can use last night’s tickets for the makeup to be played tomorrow night as part of a day-night twin bill against Tampa Bay. But forecasters say the weather is iffy for tonight as well.
Francisco Liriano will go for his second straight victory, after he earned his first win of the season last week at Baltimore. Liriano has had eight days’ rest as the result of two rainouts, including the one last night in Minneapolis. The Twins have won three straight after starting the season at 4-10. Tampa Bay has battled back even harder. They’re only the second team since 1900 to get to .500 in April after starting 0-6. Wade Davis, who’s 2-and-2, will start for the Rays this evening.
The Milwaukee Brewers have reached the two-million mark in ticket sales for this year’s 81 home games at Miller Park. Those sales are ahead of last year, when they sold two-million by April 29th. The earliest the club reached that plateau was in 2001, the Brewers’ first year at Miller Park. They’ve had record sales in the last three seasons, at around three-million a year. Chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger says there’s still good ticket availability for most home games this season, but fans are still encouraged to buy in advance.
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies were rained out this afternoon in the Windy City. They were supposed to play the final game of their three-game set, in which the Cubs went down two-games-to-none. They'll make up the contest on June 27th, which is an off-day for both teams.
The Chicago White Sox will go for their third straight win at Yankee Stadium. The Sox edged New York by one run last night, after winning a 2-nothing game on Monday. Mark Buehrle will start for Chicago against Bartolo Colon. Also in the Al Centralm, the Detroit Tigers will try to even their home series against Seattle tonight. Justin Verlander will face Seattle’s Erik Bedard, who’s 0-4. First place Cleveland hosts Kansas City.