Twins-Indians opener postponed, doubleheader Saturday

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, right, slides safely into second base for a double as Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco waits for the ball in the fi

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, right, slides safely into second base for a double as Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco waits for the ball in the fi

Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig hits an RBI-single in the first inning in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Cleve

Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig hits an RBI-single in the first inning in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Cleve

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco, left, is congratulated by third base coach Tony Diaz after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning in a basebal

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco, left, is congratulated by third base coach Tony Diaz after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning in a basebal

CLEVELAND (AP) — The opener of a three-game AL Central showdown series between Minnesota and Cleveland has been postponed by rain.

The teams played two full innings Friday night before powerful thunderstorms swept through Progressive Field. The game was called after a wait of 1 hour, 57 minutes.

It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at 1:10 p.m. The second game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.

The Twins entered the series leading the Indians by 3½ games.

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli had already planned to use his bullpen in Saturday's game, and the rainout will make things more challenging for the Twins.

Mike Clevinger, who has won his past 10 decisions, will start Saturday's opener for Cleveland.

If there was one positive for the Twins, they were closer to full strength as Miguel Sanó and Max Kepler returned from injuries on Friday.

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