The Twins and Tigers again faced a postponement on Friday -- and this time, the players had less of a say in the matter, as both halves of a planned straight doubleheader at Comerica Park were rained out, delaying the start of the series by another day after both clubs had voted not to play Thursday.
One of the games will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 12:10 p.m. CT. The other postponed game will be made up during a straight twin bill on Sept. 4 at Target Field.
Neither team's pitching plan for the doubleheader appears impacted by the delay, as Randy Dobnak will reprise his matchup against Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd in Game 1, and the Twins again have not announced a starter for Game 2 against Tigers rookie Tarik Skubal. Kenta Maeda had originally been scheduled to start on Saturday, but the Twins have not indicated how this postponement will impact his pitching schedule.
Minnesota could either use Maeda on Saturday as planned and stick with Rich Hill for Sunday ahead of a possible activation for Michael Pineda on Monday, or keep a bullpen game in one half of the doubleheader and push Maeda to Sunday to give Hill extra rest. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had indicated after Hill's last start that the veteran left-hander could use some extra time before his next outing. Hill was originally slated to pitch Sunday on a normal four days' rest.