Last night's game was blotted out by a steady stream of rain and the weather forecast calls for similar conditions this evening, so the Twins -- winners of three straight -- might have to wait to find out whether they can continue their reclamation tour at Target Field.
The next few games, whenever they take place, will allow the Twins a chance to avenge their series loss in Tampa Bay earlier this month. The good news is that two of three losses at Tropicana came in contests where the since-demoted Joe Nathan relinquished ninth inning leads, and in general the Twins seem to be clicking much more now than they were at that point.
It's been a rough early going for the Twins, but better things lie ahead. Given that they've opened the season with 14 of 21 games on the road -- all on the treacherous East Coast -- a 9-12 record is hardly the worst thing they could be staring at, especially in light of their dreadful season-opening slump on offense.
Bettering their outlook is the fact that, among divisional opponents, the only teams that have jumped out to surprisingly strong starts are the Indians and Royals, who seem unlikely to stay above .500 for long. The White Sox have looked every bit as bad as the Twins in this young season.
Much traveling still lies ahead ahead, as the Twins will follow up this two/three-game homestand against the Rays with another nine-game road trip. This makes it all the more important that they win at least a couple against Tampa and -- more importantly -- get Joe Mauer back as soon as possible.
The catcher is eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow, but his return (much like the sun these past couple days) is nowhere in sight.