Following one of the most exciting nights of the young season, most in baseball circles are probably sharing a collective "Let's do that again."In the midst of an emotional week in the Caribbean, the Twins and Indians will continue their two-game set in the Puerto Rico Series on Wednesday at
Following one of the most exciting nights of the young season, most in baseball circles are probably sharing a collective "Let's do that again."
In the midst of an emotional week in the Caribbean, the Twins and Indians will continue their two-game set in the Puerto Rico Series on Wednesday at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan -- and perhaps with the day's best pitching matchup, to boot.
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Puerto Rico native Jose Berrios, who grew up less than 20 minutes from the site of Wednesday's game, will look to build off what's been a very strong start to the 2018 season, and he'll square off against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who has a 3-0 record in three starts.
First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET, and will air exclusively to a national audience on ESPN. Puerto Rico is in the midst of an island-wide power outage, but the game is expected to be played as scheduled.
San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted on Wednesday morning that the game would be played.
"All emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn Stadium have been tested just now and are fully functional. The game will GO ON. Nothing will stop us," Cruz tweeted.
The Indians won the opener on Tuesday, 6-1, behind a stellar performance from Corey Kluber and four homers from its lineup, including a fifth-inning shot from Puerto Rico native Francisco Lindor, who was playing in front of family and friends.
Berrios was drafted out of Papa Juan High School in Bayamon, P.R., by the Twins with the 32nd overall pick in 2012. He had just turned 18 days prior. The blossoming Berrios is now in his third season in the Majors as a key cog in the Twins' rotation, and he's shown flashes of his potential this season. His 2018 campaign already includes the Majors' first complete game shutout, plus an 11-strikeout gem against the White Sox last Thursday.
Berrios, who grew up on the ballfields of Puerto Rico as a shortstop, pitched for his homeland in last year's World Baseball Classic.
Weather calls for mostly clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s ahead of first pitch at Estadio Hiram Bithorn, which on Tuesday housed a raucous crowd and showcased its rapidly refurbished infrastructure following damage sustained by Hurricane Maria in September.
Puerto Rican musician Pedro Capo, who was instrumental in raising relief funding for the hurricane, will perform "La Borinqueña" and Puerto Rican pop star Marileyda, winner of Puerto Rico Idol in 2013, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Four-time Grammy Award nominee Daddy Yankee, who donated $1 million in relief, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.