LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Twins delayed opener; Phils-Mets play 2

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

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POSTPONED

The Red Sox and Twins were scheduled to begin their series in Minnesota a day late.

Monday’s opener of a four-game set at Target Field was postponed because of safety concerns following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in Minnesota and the potential for unrest in the area.

The NBA’s Timberwolves and NHL’s Wild also postponed their games a day after the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright following a traffic stop in a nearby suburb of Minneapolis.

The Twins said their decision was made in consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials.

DOUBLE DIP

Wet weather took a game away from Marcus Stroman and gave it right back.

Stroman (1-0) will start the second game of a doubleheader for the New York Mets against Philadelphia on Tuesday night, a twinbill scheduled to make up Monday night’s rainout.

Stroman’s outing Sunday versus Miami was suspended after nine pitches because of rain and the game was scheduled to resume as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 31.

Mets manager Luis Rojas initially said Monday that Stroman would remain on four days of rest and pitch Friday at Colorado. After the postponement was announced, Rojas reversed course and said Stroman would start the nightcap Tuesday.

Rojas said Stroman had initially wanted to recreate his entire between-start regimen, including a bullpen and workouts, but after playing catch Monday, the right-hander told his manager his arm would be ready for Tuesday.

Taijuan Walker (0-0) starts the opener for the Mets against Chase Anderson (0-1), with Aaron Nola (0-0) going in the nightcap for Philadelphia. Continuing pandemic special rules, each game will be scheduled for seven innings.

New York has played just five games in the first 12 days of the season due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Washington Nationals and then bad weather.

DELAYED DEBUT

Jake Odorizzi is set to make his Astros debut at home against the Detroit Tigers, led by former Houston manager A.J. Hinch.

Odorizzi was a free agent and signed a $23.5 million, three-year contract with the Astros on March 8. He had a 15.75 ERA in two spring training appearances, and Houston optioned him to its alternate training site when the season began. Matthew Boyd (1-1) starts for the Tigers.

ACES UP

After pitching six scoreless innings in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta that was part of a doubleheader sweep, Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (0-0) faces St. Louis ace Jack Flaherty (1-0), coming off a win against Miami in which he allowed one hit over six shutout innings.

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