The Twins saw their scheduled game against the Tigers and Justin Verlander postponed due to weather on Sunday, but it won't get any easier with the Dodgers and Zack Greinke coming to town on Tuesday for the start of a three-game Interleague series at Target Field.
The Twins are plenty familiar with Greinke, as he played with the Royals from 2004-10, including winning the American League Cy Young Award in '09.
Greinke hasn't fared well against Minnesota in the past, as he's 4-8 with a 4.73 ERA in 22 outings, including 18 starts. But he's off to another impressive start this year, as he's 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.
He's also in the midst of a streak of 16 starts of at least five innings without allowing more than two runs.
"What I really try to do," said Greinke, "is try not to have a bad game, and it's been working for a while."
Greinke will also be facing a Twins team that is second in the Majors in runs scored per game, buoyed by the fact they also lead the Majors in walks. The Twins walked eight times in their last game in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
"I think everybody is just trying to get on base, and there's always conversation about it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of our hitters have a few more at-bats in this league and understand it a bit more. It's experience and not panicking in certain situations. They're doing a lot better at that. We're striking out a little too much, but that goes along with it by going deep in counts. But it's an effort, and it's experience."
Right-hander Kyle Gibson will also be looking to bounce back from his worst start of the year, as he was hit hard by the Rays on Tuesday, giving up seven runs on 10 hits over just three innings. Gibson, who will be making his fifth start of the season, saw his ERA rise from 0.93 to 3.63 because of his subpar outing.
"I don't think I did anything too differently, other than the fact that I didn't execute and they did a good job up there of working the at-bats," said Gibson, who saw his scheduled start on Sunday pushed back because of the rainout.
Dodgers: Ramirez sustains bruised right thumb
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Saturday's game against the Rockies in the fourth inning with a bruised right thumb. He was jammed by a pitch with the knob of the bat, bruising the bone near the base of his thumb. Ramirez was given a planned day off Sunday, and he expects to be fine.
"I'm good," Ramirez said. "It had nothing to do with my surgery [to repair a torn ligament in the thumb last year]."
Twins: Willingham getting close to swinging the bat
Outfielder Josh Willingham said his left wrist is continuing to feel better, and he remains hopeful he'll be able to swing the bat by early next week. Willingham, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7 with a small fracture in his wrist, will need a rehab assignment once he's deemed healthy enough to play.
"It's feeling a lot better," Willingham said. "It's a little point-tender, so once that goes away I can hit. As soon as that tenderness goes away, I'll start swinging."
• Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday's game, and it could lead to the game being delayed or postponed.
• The Dodgers last played at Target Field in 2011, with the Twins taking two out of three. The Twins are 6-3 against the Dodgers in Interleague Play.
• Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Kershaw allowed one run (a home run) on two hits in five innings in a rehab start with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night in a no-decision. But the Dodgers haven't announced whether he'll need another rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
• Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is off to a hot start offensively as he leads all Major League backstops with 19 RBIs.
• Minnesota rookie Josmil Pinto drew his 17th walk of the season on Saturday to set the club's rookie record for walks in the month of April. Tim Teufel held the previous record, as he walked 16 times as a rookie in April in 1984.
• Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe sustained a left triceps contusion on Saturday when he was hit by a pitch on his left arm. But he's expected to be ready to play on Tuesday, as he was in Sunday's lineup before the game was rained out.