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Updated: June 12th, 2010 6:22pm
Pregame notes: Brendan Harris trying to snap 1-for-25 skid

Pregame notes: Brendan Harris trying to snap 1-for-25 skid

by Tom Pelissero
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While I once again wrap work at Winter Park, a team of correspondents has Target Field covered. Here's the latest:

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went through with his threat from a day earlier and put Brendan Harris at third base for Saturday night's game against Atlanta.

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.

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.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Brendan Harris