The Minnesota Twins can sympathize with area high school and college athletic teams this spring.
Four of the last eight Twins' games have been postponed due to weather - three of which were scheduled for the Twins' home Target Field, including Monday's game. The Twins' planned a split doubleheader today to make up for Monday's postponement against Miami.
But if six inches (or more) of snow fell last night in the Twin Cities as forecasted, good luck with that one.
First pitch today at Target Field is set for 1:10 this afternoon and for 7:10 tonight. Minnesota plans to start Kevin Correia this afternoon (vs. Miami's Ricky Nolasco) and Mike Pelfrey tonight (vs. Jose Fernandez).
Today's high at Target Field is projected to be 42 degrees and tonight 37 (and dropping) with 11 to 16 mph winds throughout the day.
Great baseball weather, huh?
Less than one month into the season, the Twins already have matched their season high for weather postponements at Target Field. There were three postponements in 2011, one in 2012 and two in 2010.
The Twins moved out of their indoor stadium at the Metrodome after the 2009 season.
There have been 14 postponements (including the four involving the Twins) in Major League Baseball this season, according to Associated Press research.
Through the first 23 days, there were six MLB postponements in 2012, 15 in 2011 and just two in 2010. This year, there have been 14 games played with a first-pitch temperature below 40 degrees.
''It's been frustrating, needless to say,'' Twins President Dave St. Peter told AP sports writer Dave Campbell. ''Everything pointed to a really ugly night (Monday), one that playing baseball on wasn't really an option, due to the rain, due to the snow, due to the wind, due to the cold. It just doesn't make much sense.''
At 8-7 this season, so far, so good for the Twins.
Minnesota started the season 2-1, earning a record of better than .500 for the first time since October 2010. The Twins then got to 4-2 before dropping five in a row.
Minnesota is now on a four-game winning streak.
Joe Mauer is hitting .375 for the Twins in 64 at bats. Pelfrey has two wins on the mound while Correia has one as does Glen Perkins, who also has five saves. The other Twins pitchers with a win are Scott Diamond, Casey Fien, Josh Roenicke and Anthony Swarzak.
Here is a recap of the Twins season, using wire reports:
Tigers 4, Twins 2
At Target Field. High temperature 35 degrees with 17 mph winds in front of a sellout crowd of 38,282.
Justin Verlander of Detroit struck out seven over five shutout innings at frosty Target Field.