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LAA@MIN: Correia strikes out five over seven frames

When Marlins skipper Mike Redmond played for the Twins, the team called the Metrodome home and never had to worry about inclement weather. Target Field, as nice as it is, has no roof, and that served to delay Redmond's managerial debut back in his former city.

Wintry weather forced the postponement of Monday night's two-game Interleague series opener between the Twins and Marlins, the third postponement this year at Target Field. They will play a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the games starting at 2:10 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. ET.

"It's beautiful; it's a great ballpark," Redmond said on Sunday. "They did a great job designing it. I know guys complain about not being able to hit home runs out of there, but it's a great park and a testament to the fans. They wanted outdoor baseball, and they got it. We'll see how enjoyable that is on Monday and Tuesday."

It might not be much more enjoyable on Tuesday, with the forecast calling for a possibility of more snow, and highs in the low 40s. Additionally, the start of the first game could be pushed back if the field is not ready from Monday night's expected heavy snowfall.

Both managers elected to keep their scheduled starting rotations intact.

Redmond, who played with the Twins from 2005-09, will go with Jose Fernandez in Game 1 against Kevin Correia. Ricky Nolasco will pitch Game 2 for the Marlins against Mike Pelfrey.

Fernandez has been a nice addition for the Marlins, albeit one from within their Minor League system. The 20-year-old right-hander is looking for his first big league victory but owns a 3.60 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings. He also has impressed Redmond with his poise.

"His poise. His confidence. His demeanor out there on the mound," Redmond said. "You don't look at him out there and say, 'That's a 20-year-old kid.' You just don't.

"When you really break down his stuff, for a 20-year-old, to be able to have the command and throw a 2-1 breaking ball, that's special. That's the stuff that's going to make him a true No. 1 pitcher. He has the stuff to do that."

Correia has thrown at least seven innings and held the opposition to no more than three runs in each of his three starts thus far. He picked up his first win with the Twins last Monday, giving up two runs in seven innings and striking out a season-high five.

"I've been real impressed with him," catcher Joe Mauer said afterward. "He's been the total package. He's even shut down the running game. Today he gave me a chance to throw a guy out. He just changes his looks and keeps competing. He's been a nice pickup for us."

Nolasco has a 3.86 ERA in four starts but is still searching for his first victory. He took his second loss Wednesday against the Nationals, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Pelfrey, also in his first year with Minnesota, is 2-1 but two straight rough outings have raised his ERA to 7.30. He gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings last Tuesday against the Angels.

Marlins: Offense shows signs of life late
• The Marlins have scored only 43 runs in 19 games, the fewest in the Majors, but they managed six runs -- including four in the ninth inning -- on Sunday in a loss to the Reds. It was the most Miami had scored since Tuesday's 8-2 win against Washington.

Giancarlo Stanton started the four-run ninth with an RBI single to right, and Miguel Olivo belted a pinch-hit three-run homer.

Chris Valaika went 2-for-3 and had RBI singles in the second and sixth. Rob Brantly went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs.

The Marlins have been shut out four times this year. They've scored two runs or fewer in 13 games.

• With the Marlins playing in an American League park, Greg Dobbs is an option to be the designated hitter on Tuesday. The veteran should be ready to go despite feeling under the weather on Monday.

Twins: Schedule-related layoffs a challenge to overcome
The Twins are used to playing in harsh conditions, though three of their last seven games have been postponed because of inclement weather. That has made it difficult on manager Ron Gardenhire to find enough work for his bullpen to keep relievers sharp.

"They just have to do as best they can, throw a couple side sessions, and then when they come in, do the job," Gardenhire said. "Baseball, you've got to be able to ad-lib when you're in the 'pen. You'd like to get them out there, but not just for the sake of getting them out there."

The Twins haven't let the scheduling changes affect their play, though. They beat the White Sox on Sunday, 5-3, to extend their winning streak to four games.

Worth noting
• The Marlins have lost four of their past five games, and are 3-7 in their past 10.

• Miami outfielder Juan Pierre is 8-for-19 (.421) in his career against Correia, with one double.

• Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is 4-for-10 (.400) in his career against Nolasco, with four RBIs.

• Stanton has gone 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and a double against Pelfrey, formerly of the Mets. Comments