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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Twins’ Fernando Rodney pitched early due to most random reason

Sunday was a pretty busy day for Minnesota Twins reliever Fernando Rodney.

During the Twins’ series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Paul Molitor elected to bring in Rodney, who usually closes for the team, during the fifth inning. The Rays were up 4-1 with two on and one out, so Molitor pulled starting pitcher Fernando Romero and entrusted Rodney to get the final two outs of the inning, which he did. The Twins would then go on to rally and win in extra innings by the final of 11-7.

Molitor’s seemingly out-of-the-box thinking earned praise on social media.

It turns out though that Molitor actually had a very specific reason for using Rodney that early. 1500 ESPN’s Judd Zulgad revealed Rodney to leave in the middle of the game around 3 PM CST for an immigration hearing in Miami.

For Rodney, who hails from the Dominican Republic, it was probably quite a balancing act with the game beginning at 1:10 PM. Also complicating matters was that it was played at home in Minnesota instead of in Tampa Bay, which is just a few hundred miles away from Miami.

As for the 44-50 Twins, this is just the latest oddball occurrence in a season that has often trended towards the bizarre for them.



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