Rain, Rain go away

The tarp has been on the field for most of the morning and it’s still on as of 12:30 p.m. ET, with the rain continuing to come down.

Today’s game against the Cardinals is sold out and is being televised in the Twin Cities. So the best guess is that they’ll try to wait out the rain…although it’s unclear just when they might get started.

Joe Mauer spoke with us for a short time this morning. There wasn’t much of an update oon his progress except that he’s feeling the best he has all spring. I’ll have more on that later.

As we wait for a start time, here are the lineups..

Update: The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and there have been a few lineup changes for the Twins as noted below. Just some changes since the players had to sit around for a few extra hours and the field is likely still a little wet.

Update 2: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the game that as we thought, he decided to give Joe Crede and Justin Morneau the day off due to the long rain delay.

“I’m just not going to mess with it,” Gardenhire said. “There is no sense in doing that with both of those guys…We’ve got some games left and they are playing a bunch anyway.”

Carlos Gomez, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Joe Crede, 3B Brendan Harris, 3B
Justin Morneau, 1B Brian Buscher, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Mike Redmond, C
Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: Kevin Slowey, RHP

Joe Mather, DH
Rick Ankiel, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Ludwick, RF
Khalil Green, SS
Chris Duncan, LF
Yadier Molina, C
David Freese, 3B
Skip Shumaker, 2B
Pitching: Chris Carpenter, RHP

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