Twins postponed, set for Sunday DH with KC

Hughes to start Game 1 before Mejia goes in Game 2 on Sunday

Twins postponed, set for Sunday DH with KC

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' scheduled game against the Royals on Saturday was postponed due to rain, and it will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT.

Right-hander Phil Hughes, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will take the mound in Game 1. He will be followed by left-hander Adalberto Mejia in Game 2. The Royals are expected to counter with righty Ian Kennedy in the second game, and they have not announced who will face Hughes.

Mejia, who will be coming up from Triple-A Rochester and was originally slated to start Saturday, could be utilized as the club's 26th man, which would save the Twins from sending a player down to make room for him on the roster.

In that scenario, Mejia would go back to Triple-A Rochester after the start, but he wouldn't be subjected to the rule that calls for players to remain in the Minors for 10 days after being optioned.

The Twins, though, still need a sixth starter on Monday because of Thursday's doubleheader, and they could turn to left-hander Adam Wilk for a spot start or recall right-hander Kyle Gibson from Rochester. Gibson, though, would require a roster move.

The decision to have a straight doubleheader on Sunday was also voted on by Minnesota players, as the club already has three split doubleheaders scheduled this season, so players have to approve any split doubleheaders the rest of the season. One factor is both clubs travel after Sunday's games, as the Twins leave for Baltimore and the Royals head to New York.

Fans are encouraged to visit twinsbaseball.com/rainout for more information on the club's rainout policy.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. 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.