Gardenhire happy to play 'old-school' double dip

Gardenhire happy to play 'old-school' double dip

KANSAS CITY -- The rain that washed out Friday's game between the Twins and Royals didn't dampen Ron Gardenhire's spirits. In fact, it might've brightened them.

The Twins' skipper was happy that his team was going to play a standard doubleheader instead of a split doubleheader Saturday.

"It's kind of old-school, to tell you the truth," he said. "Back in the day, there were no split doubleheaders. They were taboo. This is good. If you're going to play two, play them [straight through] like this, with a few minutes in between each game, and go right back at it. Sitting around for a split doubleheader is a long wait.

"This is a good thing to do. I know the weather's been tough. ... The field will probably be wet, but this is a really nice field. It takes on a lot of water and handles it. But there's going to be some spots on the outfield that are a little wet, so we'll do the best we can with it and 'play two,' as Ernie Banks said."

The last time Minnesota played a traditional doubleheader was Sep. 13, 2008, in Baltimore. Perhaps there's a good reason Gardenhire was happy for another one to roll along: The Twins won both those games, outscoring the Orioles, 24-8.