O's-Twins washed out, with doubleheader set for Saturday

Millwood, Guthrie are club's likely starters for 1:10, 8:10 games

May 08, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

MINNEAPOLIS — — After not having a rainout the entire 2009 season, the Orioles saw their game Friday night against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field postponed.

It will be made up today as part of a day-night doubleheader. Game 1 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., while Game 2 is set for 8:10 p.m. The Orioles won their first game at Target Field, 2-0, on Thursday night behind 62/3 scoreless innings from starter Brad Bergesen and a two-run homer from second baseman Ty Wigginton.

That game was played in persistent — and at times heavy — rain that didn't let up for much of Friday. Forecasters also called for potential snow flurries in the area Friday night.

The Twins, who played in the Metrodome before moving to their new outdoor home at Target Field this season, had not had a home game rained out since Sept. 20, 1980, at Metropolitan Stadium, where they played from 1961 to 1981.

The Orioles haven't officially announced their pitching plans for today, but Kevin Millwood, the scheduled starter for the postponed game Friday night, likely will pitch in the first game of the doubleheader. Jeremy Guthrie, who was originally set to start the third game of the series this afternoon, will get the ball in the nightcap.

Orioles rookie left-hander Brian Matusz is set to start the four-game series finale Sunday afternoon.

Millwood's counterpart in Game 1 today will be talented left-hander Francisco Liriano, who is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA, while Guthrie will oppose right-hander Scott Baker (3-2, 5.35). Right-hander Nick Blackburn (2-1, 5.79) will draw the assignment versus Matusz, who has lost back-to-back starts to the New York Yankees.

Millwood is 0-7 in 12 career starts against the Twins, who are just one of three teams that the veteran right-hander has never beaten. The Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers, two teams that he has pitched for, are the other two.

Every position player on the Twins roster except infielder Alexi Casilla is hitting .300 or better against Millwood, and Michael Cuddyer, Orlando Hudson, Nick Punto and Jim Thome are hitting over .400 against him.

Meanwhile, Liriano pitched seven shutout, one-hit innings against the Orioles in his only meeting against them. He had a 23-inning scoreless streak end in his most recent outing.

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