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Minnesota Twins roster and schedule for 2020 season

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The 2020 MLB season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. Next up: The Minnesota Twins roster and schedule:

TWINS ROSTER (projected) 

When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Twins roster to begin the season:

Catchers

Mitch Garver
Alex Avila
Willians Astudillo

Infielders:

Miguel Sanó
Luis Arraez
Jorge Polanco
Josh Donaldson
Ehire Adrianza

Outfielders

Eddie Rosario
Byron Buxton
Max Kepler
Jake Cave
Marwin Gonzalez
Nelson Cruz

Starters

Jose Berríos
Jake Odorizzi
Kenta Maeda
Rich Hill
Homer Bailey

Relievers

Taylor Rogers
Trevor May
Sergio Romo
Tyler Duffey
Zack Littell
Tyler Clippard
Matt Wisler
Cody Stashak
Randy Dobnak
Devin Smeltzer
Lewis Thorpe


BREAKDOWN:

The Twins hit 307 home runs last season and then they went out and got Josh Donaldson. So, yeah. This offense is gonna thump again. Especially if, as many suspect, the ball will remain juiced this year as it was last year. Some people actually suspect it’ll be more juiced, with MLB looking for a way to draw as much interest as possible given the late start and everything else. Oh, getting Donaldson also upgrades the Twins defensively at third and allows Miguel Sanó to move to first base. Where he’ll likely be until Nelson Cruz retires at which point he’ll likely be a DH. After a scare earlier this week it looks like Byron Buxton will be ready to go for the opener.

The rotation is deeper this year than it was last year, with Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, and Homer Bailey being added to the fod in the offseason. Jhoulys Chacín is around for depth. Michael Pineda will be available for the stretch run and postseason after he finishes serving his drug suspension which was imposed late last season. Randy Dobnak and Devin Smeltzer are guys who could start as well if need be. Tyler Clippard is new in the bullpen. He’ll join a good but not spectacular group.

Any way you slice it, the Twins look to be, once again, the class of the otherwise weak AL Central.

TWINS SCHEDULE:

Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

Twins home stands will be July 28-August 4 (Cardinals, Indians, Pirates), August 14-20 (Royals, Brewers), August 31-September 7 (White Sox, Tigers), September 11-13 (Indians), September 22-27 (Tigers, Reds).

The entire Twins roster and schedule can be seen here.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

The MLB Playoffs are underway!
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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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