The team will return to action with a doubleheader in Oakland.
The third-year manager pushed a lot of the right buttons in leading the team to AL Central titles in 2019 and 2020. But this season, through 14 games, has hardly been his finest work.
The team will test again for COVID-19 this morning, and those results would affect whether the Twins can fly to Oakland, or whether that series goes on at all.
The Twins (6-8) last played Friday night, losing 10-3 to the Angels for their sixth loss in seven games, before COVID-19 positive tests shut them down in Anaheim.
Patrick Reusse joins the Daily Delivery to take apart the decisions of the Twins' manager. Reusse and Michael Rand also marvel at the Wolves futility and the U volleyball team's surprise defeat.
As a team, they've played about the equivalent of a full season for a position player: 553 plate appearances. Their collective average is .210. The pitching is bad, too.
Saturday and Sunday's games in Anaheim were postponed by Major League Baseball to allow for continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Twins.
Byron Buxton has been on a hot streak, batting .469 this season. He was set to make his injury comeback until two more positive COVID-19 cases emerged on the Twins
Punctuated by Justin Upton's grand slam, the top of the Angels' batting order was a thorn in the Twins' side all game, breezing to a series-opening win.
A lament about the Twins manager giving his players a lot of "time off their feet," and the problems that Rocco Baldelli has created by being so cautious.
A positive COVID-19 test threw the Twins into a contact-tracing frenzy, which ultimately sent a handful of people back to the hotel as a precaution.
A look back at Friday night's game.
Byron Buxton remains out of the Twins lineup because of hamstring strain, while manager Rocco Baldelli, without going into details, said the team is also dealing with more COVID-19 issues.
The Twins left Target Field in a good mood after playing through the loss of a 3-0 lead and a pregame virus scare. They snapped a five-game losing streak and ended Boston's winning streak at nine.
At least for a while, postponing Thursday's Twins game and even the weekend series in Anaheim could not be ruled out. But after a morning of uncertainty, the result was determined to be a false positive.
The Angels (7-5) are second in the AL West. Shohei Ohtani has four homers, 12 RBI and is hitting .340; he isn't scheduled to pitch in this series.
A look back at Thursday's game.
Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson are not in the lineup for the series finale against Boston.
Loons midfielder Wil Trapp and soccer writer Jerry Zgoda join the Daily Delivery to preview the 2021 season.
The Twins undertook contact tracing and additional tests for players and staff, and found no other infections. Simmons wasn't vaccinated when most of his teammates were.