Twins release 2021 schedule ahead of abbreviated 2020 season

First time ever: Twins start season with interleague match up in Milwaukee

Lindsey Peterson
July 09, 2020 - 2:02 pm

The Minnesota Twins today announced their preliminary schedule for the 2021 regular season just as the teams are getting set to start play on the abbreviated 60-game schedule for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect sports across the country.  The 2021 schedule returns to the full 162 game schedule.  
For the first time ever, the Twins will begin a season with Interleague play.  Opening Day on April 1 takes the Twins to Milwaukee and Miller Park for a game against the Brewers. That will start a six-game, two-city road trip against the Brewers (April 1-4) and Detroit Tigers (April 5-7).

The Twins will then host Seattle at Target Field for the home opener on April 8, part of a seven-game homestand vs. the Mariners (April 8-11) and Boston Red Sox (April 12-15).

Minnesota’s season-opening series in Milwaukee is part of 20 Interleague games vs. the National League Central Division in 2021. The Target Field Interleague schedule features a five-game, end-of-summer homestand against the Brewers (August 27-29) and Chicago Cubs (August 31-September 1). 

It's the first time the Cubs have visited Minnesota since 2015.  During the 2020 season's shortened schedule, the Twins will play a weekend series at Wrigley, and also an exhibition game there on July 22nd prior to the start of the regular games on July 24th.  

RELATED: See the Twins 60-game 2020 schedule here.

The Twins will also host the Pittsburgh Pirates (April 23-25) and Cincinnati Reds (June 21-22), while visiting the St. Louis Cardinals (July 30-August 1), Reds (August 3-4) and Cubs (September 21-22).
The Twins will play each of their American League Central Division rivals 19 times apiece: the Chicago White Sox (9 home/10 away), Cleveland Indians (9 home/10 away), Detroit Tigers (10 home/9 away) and Kansas City Royals (9 home/10 away). 

Minnesota is coming off a Central Division title prior to dropping another postseason series to the New York Yankees.  The Twins are again favored to win the Central in 2020 despite the shortened schedule.  

Currently, the team is working out at Target Field in preparation for the pandemic-shortened season.  Players and staff are undergoing daily coronavirus tests, holding socially distant workouts, limiting access to the ballpark, and even so, some players have already tested postitive for coronavirus including Twins' slugger Miguel Sano.  Sano now has to stay quarantined and test negative twice before he can rejoin the team.  

As a contingency, team rosters have expanded to 60 players, with one group of players working out at Target Field, and the other in St. Paul at CHS Field in order to keep them distanced.  

You can hear every Twins game, in 2020 and in 2021, right here on News Talk 830 WCCO.  

2021 Twins Schedule
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