Pregame notes: Brendan Harris trying to snap 1-for-25 skid
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While I once again wrap work at Winter Park, a team of 1500ESPN.com correspondents has Target Field covered. Here's the latest:
Harris had two hits against Boston on May 20. Since then, he was 1-for-25 with an infield single last weekend in Oakland.
"The only way he can help you is if he plays,'' Gardenhire said.
Harris carried a .267 average in four big-league seasons into 2010. He entered Saturday's game batting .162 with one home run and four RBI in 99 at-bats.
The Twins gave him a two-year contract during the offseason -- probably the only thing that his saved his spot on the roster through the first 2½ months of the season.
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN? WHO CARES?
The afternoon rain prevented batting practice for the Twins and the Braves.
The rain remained steady as game time approached, yet the grounds crew pulled off the tarp at 5:40 p.m. and started getting the field ready. The game went off exactly on time at 6:10 p.m.
The decision on when to play rests with the umpires once the lineup cards are submitted. There was a time when teams and umpires were reluctant to start games in the rain, but that has changed with inter-league play and unbalanced schedules.
Atlanta is among 10 opponents making a one-series visit to Minneapolis this season. Basically, that takes away a second chance at makeup games, so teams start and continue to play in much more rain than was the case when the Twins last played outdoor home games in 1981.