The Indians’ game with the Minnesota Twins has been postponed after a rain-delay of almost three hours this afternoon. No makeup date has been announced at this time.
The Tribe had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Shin-Soo Choo, but the hits and run will not count in anyone’s statistics.
That includes Indians’ left-hander David Huff, who worked two scoreless innings and threw two pitches in the third before the rains forced the grounds-crew to bring out the tarp.
Cleveland did win (in a way) by not playing when Baltimore defeated Detroit 8-5. With the loss, the Tigers’ lead over the Indians is cut to 2.5 games, and better still, the Tribe now trails Detroit by only a game in the loss column.
The Twins play tomorrow on the Indians’ day off, so the game could not be played tomorrow. On the Tribe’s next day off on August 25 Minnesota is again scheduled. Minnesota has four scheduled days off in September, and one of them corresponds with a Tribe day off — September 12th. However, as there are only two scheduled days off for the Indians for the rest of the season after tomorrow, it is more likely that a doubleheader will have to be played on the Twins’ final trip into Cleveland, which will also be the final home series of 2011 for the Indians, on September 23-25.