The Yankees were a part of the final baseball game in Metrodome history, completing a sweep of the Twins in last year's ALDS.
They were a part of another bit of history tonight - the first rain delay and eventual suspension of a Twins game in Minneapolis since 1981, the last year the Twins played in Metropolitan Stadium.
The game will resume tomorrow afternoon at 5:05 ET. The second game, which matches Andy Pettitte (5-1, 2.86) against Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.25), will start at 6:10, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
When the Yankees had to play a doubleheader in Detroit two weeks ago, they brought up Jonathan Albaladejo to be on standby in case their bullpen got fried in the first game. Girardi said he planned to talk to general manager Brian Cashman last night, but hinted bringing up a standby pitcher might not be necessary, given that Sergio Mitre, who started games May 10 and May 16, “can give you a lot of pitches,” and that the bullpen benefited from a day off.
“Our bullpen’s pretty fresh,” Girardi said.
The Twins put two aboard in each of the first two innings tonight against A.J. Burnett but the righty got better after that. After walking Brendan Harris with two outs in the second, Burnett set down eight straight.
“After the first I felt like I got into a pretty good groove,” said Burnett, who could still pick up the win if the Yankees take the lead, and hold it, in the top of the sixth. “It was good so I’ll remember how that felt, obviously, going into my next start to be relaxed. I didn’t overdo a lot out there and that was my main goal – to not overthrow a single pitch and that’s pretty much what I did.”