--After having just one game postponed by weather last season, their first in Target Field, the Twins have had two postponed in five days after Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay was moved to a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
Last Friday's game against Cleveland will be rescheduled for one of the Indians' two remaining trips to Minnesota, in July and August.
"Every team that plays outdoors goes through this; we just have to handle it the best we can," GM Bill Smith said. "We want to get the games in early. That's one of the reasons we're going to play the doubleheader on Thursday."
--RF/DH Jason Kubel wants to stay with the Twins, the team that picked him in the 12th round of the 2000 draft, and so far he's giving the team something to think about.
Playing on a one-year club option at $5.25 million, Kubel leads the Twins with a .347 average (26-for-75) and with seven doubles. His nine RBI rank second behind Danny Valencia's 11.
The Twins have some young outfielders in the pipeline in Ben Revere and Aaron Hicks, and a likely designated hitter in Delmon Young. But when asked about his contract situation, Kubel says, "I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to figure out a way to win some games."
--C Joe Mauer is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday but won't, GM Bill Smith said, because he's still suffering from bilateral leg weakness.
"He's making progress with his legs," Smith said, "and doing a lot of work with (assistant trainer) Tony Leo. We'll continue to monitor that.
"But he won't come off (the DL) Thursday. He's not ready yet. It continues to be a fluid situation. He's working hard at it, and we'll get him back as soon as he's ready."
--RHP Kevin Slowey is scheduled to throw about 45 pitches in the team's extending spring training program in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday. Slowey is recovering from bursitis in his throwing shoulder. "He's making good progress," Smith said.
--LF Delmon Young was ready to return to the lineup after a five-game absence, but Tuesday's game was rained out. Young had been suffering from the flu and a rib-cage injury that occurred during batting practice.
BY THE NUMBERS
71 -- Runs scored by the Twins in 21 games this season, worst in the AL through Monday and second worst in all of baseball behind San Diego (68).
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We had unbelievable weather last year. I don't know if we'll ever see an 81-game home schedule with weather like we had last year." -- GM Bill Smith, after the club's second rainout at Target Field in five days. The Twins had one rainout all of last season.
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