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Twins, Astros rained out

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The teams will attempt to play two games on Thursday.

Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Why do the Twins do this to us? No, not the postponement, I don’t really care about that. Rather, why do they wait for hours on end before finally calling the game when it’s pretty obvious that attempting to get the game in isn’t happening? Blah blah blah this is the last time the Astros come to Minnesota, I get it. Still, common sense has to prevail sometimes.

It’s too bad the rain hit because the Twins lit up Houston starter Dallas Keuchel. They tagged him for five runs and a 5-0 lead after two innings, but the heavens opened in the 3rd inning and play never resumed after that. The two teams are planning on a split doubleheader Thursday, but Dick ‘n’ Bert kept saying the weather didn’t look great so it’s possible we’ll see another postponement. In that case, the two teams do have a shared day off Monday the 15th, but Houston would have to fly to Toronto and back, while both teams would be playing more than 20 consecutive days which probably wouldn’t thrill the player’s union, let alone the teams themselves.

Since a 26th man is allowed for doubleheaders, the Astros have chosen to recall lefthanded reliever Kevin Chapman. Meanwhile, an old friend makes his return to the majors as the Twins have purchased the contract of lefty Andrew Albers, who had signed a minor league contract earlier this season. I haven’t seen if the plan is for Albers to start the second game or if he’s only going to serve as the emergency long reliever, but I’m sure we’ll all like to see him get in just for old time’s sake.