KANSAS CITY -- Baseball is a game based around routines so when something changes -- even slightly -- it often takes some time to adjust. Such was the case on Friday when the Twins discovered that the time for batting practice had been pushed back at Kauffman Stadium. Instead of taking the field for stretch around 5:15 p.m., the Twins stretch time was pushed back to 5:30 p.m. with batting practice taking place from 5:55 to 6:40 p.m. With batting practice pushing close to game time, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team has changed the order in which they hit so the starters hit first and get more time to go in the clubhouse and prepare for the game.
Gardenhire said that the times for batting practice have been pushed back later in recent years, particularly now that infield practice for both teams has been eliminated. The skipper also said there has been some talk around the game of switching batting practice times for the home and visiting teams. The home team usually takes batting practice first, but that means fans don't always get to see the home team hit. "I like the way it is," Gardenhire said. "I'm old-school like that. But it is what it is."