Twins' 60-game schedule comes out today

Season set to open the last weekend of July

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July 06, 2020 - 11:39 am
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The Twins 60-game schedule is released later today.

It will be posted here on WCCOradio.com and revealed during the 6:00 p.m. WCCO Drive Time News.

The schedule was cut back dramatically after Major League Baseball stopped operations in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The season opener takes place the last weekend of July.

The Twins will play only teams within the American League Central and National League Central divisions, which will cut down on the amount of travel.

Those restrictions are an essential element for baseball’s attempt to play this summer while following guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of now, fans are not allowed inside Target Field to watch Twins home games.

The schedule will have the Twins play 30 games at home and 30 on the road.

While the season is 102 games shorter than normal, MLB’s playoff scenario remains unchanged.

The top teams in each of baseball’s six divisions automatically qualify for the postseason, which is scheduled to start in October.

Joining the postseason party are the winners of the wild-card games between teams with the two best records among clubs that did not finish in first place.

The shortened season came together after baseball teams owners and the players’ union conducted sometimes contentious negotiations to get back on the field.

With talks going nowhere, the team owners last month voted to give Commissioner Rob Manfred the authority to set up a 60-game schedule.

The Twins resumes pre-season camp at Target Field last Friday, following social distance guidelines.

Because the minor league season was cancelled, all teams will have a taxi squad in the event injuries or other factors force them to add to the game-day roster.

The Twins are expected to have their taxi squad work out at CHS Field in St. Paul.

That’s the home of the independent St. Paul Saints, who are playing most of their American Association games in Sioux Falls, SD to help limit travel during the pandemic.

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