Tigers-Twins rained out; split twin bill Thursday

Dean starts Game 1, with Santana taking nightcap

Tigers-Twins rained out; split twin bill Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a rain delay of nearly two hours Wednesday at Target Field, the Twins' game against the Tigers was postponed due to rain. It'll be made up as part of a split doubleheader Thursday, with the first game at 1 p.m. CT and the second game at 7 p.m. CT.

Left-hander Pat Dean will start Game 1 opposite Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, while right-hander Ervin Santana will start as scheduled against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in Game 2. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Dean, who hasn't started since Aug. 21, will be limited to roughly 75 pitches.

Twins rainout policy

Fans holding tickets to Wednesday's postponed game have two options. They can use their tickets for admission into Thursday's rescheduled game or exchange their ticket for any future Twins regular-season game in 2016, subject to availability.

The split doubleheader is the result of the third postponed game this year at Target Field, which has seen 13 weather delays. The Twins and Tigers were tied in the bottom of the third inning when the game was delayed at 8:15 p.m. CT. It's also the second time this season the Twins started a game, only to see it postponed due to rain.

Twins rookie right-hander Jose Berrios threw three scoreless innings before the rain delay, and came away pleased with his outing despite the fact the statistics don't count because of the postponement.

"I felt good out there," Berrios said. "I know the numbers won't count tomorrow, but it's good for me to get through that. I felt better out there and it was a confidence booster."

Molitor also liked what he saw from Berrios, who entered his outing with an 8.88 ERA in 12 career starts.

"We're just looking for things to make him feel a bit better about how he's been doing," Molitor said. "We talked about how when he comes out of those innings unscathed, even though he's been having a rough time, how he can build on those things. It's kind of like it never happened because it got washed away, but at least in his mind he knows he went out there and competed and threw the ball well for three innings."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.