Squirrel briefly delays play in Minnesota

Squirrel briefly delays play in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- There were two delays at Target Field during Tuesday night's Yankees-Twins contest, which was suspended due to rain after five innings with the score tied 0-0.

One inning before rain halted play in the fifth, a squirrel caused a short delay when it ran onto the field.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was at the plate, facing Twins starter Scott Baker, when a squirrel appeared and sat by the left-field foul line, stopping play upon running toward third base. Twins third baseman Brendan Harris did a little stutter-step jump when the squirrel ran near his feet.

"We turned around, and it kind of slowly came up and got closer," Harris said. "Once it hit the dirt, it just shot around and surprised me a little bit. I thought it was just going to walk by, but it legitimately came about a foot away."

Harris joked that the squirrel was the only animal that has approached him on the field, perhaps aside from a team mascot.

After the squirrel caused a commotion on the infield, Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson tried to shoo it out to left field by stomping his feet and making kicking motions toward the critter. With a light rain falling as the squirrel made its way across left field, the crowd at Target Field started to cheer and chant "Let's go squirrel!"

After the squirrel settled itself momentarily in left field, play was resumed and Rodriguez finished his at-bat by striking out on a foul tip.

"That was really the only action we had in a 0-0 ballgame," Yankees designated hitter Mark Teixeira said. "That was the only thing the crowd got excited about."

Jocelyn Syrstad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.