Crews Clear Snow Ahead of Twins Split Doubleheader

Updated: 04/23/2013 1:31 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Crews at Target Field worked overnight Monday clearing the snow to prepare for a split doubleheader Tuesday.

The snow postponed Monday night's Twins game against the Marlins.

They will make up that game starting at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, and game two will begin at 7 p.m.

Four of Minnesota's last eight scheduled games have been wiped out before they began because of weather problems, including three at home.

That matched their previous season high for postponements at Target Field, in 2011.

The Twins had only one washout in 2012 and one in 2010, plus a game that was suspended in that inaugural year for the limestone-and-glass ballpark.

Thanks in part to all the wintry weather plus one scheduled off day last week, the Twins haven't lost in nine days since April 13.

Their winning streak is at four games in a row, good enough to propel them into second place in the AL Central division. They were planning to send right-hander Kevin Correia to the mound on Monday, with right-hander Mike Pelfrey scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.

The Marlins (4-15) have the fewest wins and the worst record in the majors, a low not unexpected after their offseason sell-off that sent away most of their best players to save money and start over with a young team and new manager Mike Redmond.

According to STATS research, this is their worst mark after 19 games. They were 5-14 in 1995, 1998 and 1999.

The Marlins are batting .212 with six home runs and 43 runs scored, all by far the fewest totals in the majors. Giancarlo Stanton, the only star who wasn't traded, is hitting .188 with one run batted in.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco was the scheduled starter for Monday. Right-hander Jose Hernandez was slated to take the mound on Tuesday.

Redmond was forced to wait for his reunion with the Twins, for whom he was a popular backup catcher from 2005-09. The Marlins also have a pair of former Twins pitchers, Jon Rauch and Kevin Slowey.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.