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Minnesota Twins Postpone Home Opener Due To Wintry Weather

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) -- The wait for the unofficial start of summer (or at least the sport associated with it) just got a little bit longer. The Minnesota Twins are postponing their 2022 home opener.

The team was supposed to be celebrating the kickoff to the season at Thursday's game. However, due to the blustery weather conditions, the team says the home opener will now happen Friday instead.

It's a plan the team has been mulling over for much of the week.

"We have a weather day built in on Friday for the case of inclement weather, we'll continue to monitor and if need be, we'll make the decision to postpone opening day, all the festivities therein, one day to Friday," Matt Hodson, communications manager for the Twins, said earlier.

Breakfast on the Plaza at 9 a.m. will also move to Monday. The game against the Seattle Mariners will be the same time -- at 3 p.m. -- just one day later.

The Twins are still holding an optional team workout at Target Field later Wednesday.

Joe Ryan, a 25-year-old right-hander, is scheduled to be the first rookie to start for the Twins on opening day since Tom Hall in 1969. Acquired from Tampa Bay on July 22 in the Nelson Cruz trade, Ryan was a member of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at last summer's Olympics.

Robbie Ray is to start for the Mariners after agreeing to a $115 million, five-year contract. The 30-year-old left-hander will be the 16th different pitcher to start on opening day for Seattle since the franchise started play in 1977. Marco Gonzales started the previous three after Félix Hernández started 10 in a row from 2009-18.

On Tuesday, the Twins unveiled the new foods for the 2022 season. You can take a look at them here.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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