Tuesday morning update from Detroit

Posted on September 29th, 2009 – 7:41 AM
By Joe Christensen

DETROIT — Michiganders joke about the unpredictability of their weather, especially in spring and fall.¬†Minnesotans can surely relate. So who knows how much baseball the Twins and Tigers will play today.

As I write this, it’s cloudy outside, and 52 degrees, according to Weather.com.

The hour-by-hour forecast says it will be partly cloudy at 57 degrees at¬†Noon (Eastern), when the Twins and Tigers are scheduled to begin Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. But from 3 p.m., onward, that forecast if calling for a 30 percent chance of rain.

So we shall see. The suspense only builds. By the end of today, the Twins and Tigers could be tied in the standings, or the Tigers could have a four-game lead and a magic number of two with five games remaining.

I’ll have updates later this morning from Comerica Park, though I assume both starting lineups will be the same as listed on Monday.

Meanwhile, check out Souhan’s column on a surprise visitor to Manager Ron Gardenhire’s office on Monday. For a look at how Monday’s rainout will affect Joe Mauer and the Twins’ pitching plans, click here, and in this piece, Orlando Cabrera talks about this year’s defensive struggles.

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