By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
Twins president Dave St. Peter said Wednesday afternoon that he’s currently confident the Metrodome will be repaired in time to host TwinsFest, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28-30.
The Minnesota Vikings have been forced in recent days to move their final two home games of the 2010 season after a heavy snowfall in the Twin Cities caused the Metrodome’s roof to collapse on Sunday morning. Three panels of the Dome’s roof were torn when the weight of over 17 inches of snow proved to be too much for the inflated roof to handle.
Organizers of upcoming events at Metrodome have been contacted by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to let them know that
repairs to the roof might force some of those events to be canceled.
St. Peter said that
the Twins have been in contact with officials from the MSFC about the Dome’s roof repairs and the club has started to think about contingency plans just in case the building will not be ready. But the feeling right now is that it’s still too early to start putting too much effort into alternate plans.
The Twins are expecting a crowd of around 50,000 for the first of the three final contests at the Metrodome. With the Twins still in a pennant chase and needing a win tonight, it should make for a great environment at the ballpark.
As for news, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Brian Duensing is available out of the bullpen
tonight if needed. If Duensing does pitch, Carl Pavano would probably start
“We’ve got to win three games,” Gardenhire said. “That’s’ what we’re gonna try to do.”
4th place in AL Central, 20 games back
Willie Bloomquist, LF
Mitch Maier, CF
Billy Butler, 1B
Brayan Pena, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Mark Teahen, RF
Miguel Olivo, C
Alex Gordon, 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Pitching: LHP Lenny DiNardo (0-2, 7.52)
2nd place in AL Central, 2 games back
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Brendan Harris, DH
Matt Tolbert, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B
Pitching: RHP Jeff Manship (0-1, 5.81)
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