Matt Williams not happy that Saturday’s game started ahead of steady rain

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The forecast for Saturday afternoon’s game in Philadelphia between the Nationals and Phillies wasn’t very pretty: rain, rain, and more rain, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post noted on Twitter. The game started on time and the two teams held each other scoreless through one and a half innings before the game went into a rain delay and was eventually postponed.

Per Janes, the game will be restarted from the beginning as part of a single-admission double-header at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Saturday’s starters — Adam Morgan for the Phillies and Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals — have been burned so each team will have to call upon a spot starter for Sunday. For the Phillies, that job goes to Severino Gonzalez. The Nationals haven’t made a decision yet.

Nationals manager Matt Williams isn’t happy with Saturday’s outcome:

Gonzalez:

Saturday afternoon’s games in Baltimore between the Orioles and Indians, and in Detroit between the Tigers and White Sox, were both postponed before getting underway. Why that option wasn’t considered in Philadelphia is a question currently still unanswered.

Twins reach historic home run total during 11-4 rout of White Sox

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The Twins trampled the White Sox on Friday night, cruising to a cool 11-4 lead over their division rivals and collecting their sixth double-digit win of 2019. Even more impressive, they picked up their 99th, 100th, and 101st home runs, a feat that’s rarely been matched in a team’s first 50 games of any given season.

The first homer of the night was delivered by Eddie Rosario in the third inning. Working against a single-run deficit, Rosario lifted an 0-1 fastball from the White Sox’ Reynaldo López, planting it firmly in the left field stands and evening the score, 4-4. Two batters later, Rosario’s solo home run got a sequel: a 398-footer from Miguel Sanó, this one postmarked for the upper deck in left.

In the fourth, now leading 5-4, the Twins saw a third and final homer from the bat of Max Kepler, whose center-field blast traveled a projected 397 feet to give the club a two-run advantage. Per MLB Stats, the Twins’ record — 101 homers in 50 games — stands second only to that of the 1999 Mariners, who managed to club 102 home runs before their 51st game of the season.

While the record has undoubtedly been a team effort, Rosario leads the pack with a team-best 15 homers so far this year, closely followed by C.J. Cron (13), Max Kepler (11), and Jonathan Schoop (10). Sanó, whose solo shot marked the team’s 100th home run of 2019, has just five, though there’s little doubt he’ll reach double digits before the end of the season.

According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, the Twins also made it to an even 300 runs scored in 2019, for a satisfying average of six runs per game and a new franchise record (previous high mark: 273 runs scored in 1992). With the win, they improved to 34-16 on the year and continue to hold a comfortable eight-game lead in the AL Central.