It wasn't quite the start to the ALDS that Twins fans were hoping for, but all is not lost.
The Twins fell in Game 1 to the Houston Astros, failing to start string and fully mount a comeback late in the game. Despite falling into a 5-0 hole, the team fought back in the seventh inning and used five pitches to create four runs while knocking Houston on its back. The end result was a loss, but it's hard not to feel confident after that sort of fight late in a game that seemed lost.
Minnesota has an opportunity to bounce back on Sunday night and even the series before it heads back to Target Field next week. Game 2 will feature perhaps the best pitching matchup of the series, as Pablo Lopez will go against Framber Valdez in what should be an absolute duel.
The Twins offense waking up late against Houston's bullpen is one of the most encouraging signs we saw in Game 1. Both Jorge Polanco and Royce Lewis combined for four RBI on back-to-back home runs, showing signs of life that we haven't seen from teams in years past.
Usually when a game like that ha gotten out of control, the Twins fold. Watching the team score four runs in an inning was the sort of thing that adds to mounting evidence that this team is built different and the series can still be taken over by Minnesota.
Sunday night will be crucial, as a win in Game 2 sends the series back to Minnesota tied and with momentum fully on the side of the Twins.
ALDS 2023: How to watch the Minnesota Twins today (Updated)
For the second straight day, the Twins game will be airing on FS1. Also for the second straight day, there might be some overlap that forces the game to start airing on a different channel thanks to the other ALDS game going on.
Baltimore and Texas had to endure a rain delay before the start of Game 1 on Saturday, something that caused the game to siginficantly overlap with the start of Twins-Astros. With College Football airing on FOX, the Twins game was moved to MLB Network and FS2 while the Orioles and Rangers wrapped up their game.
NFL action is occupying FOX on Sunday, and the network's primetime slate of shows has the nighttime slot filled up. That means if there's once again overlap with the Baltimore-Texas game, Twins fans will have to find MLB Network or FS2.
Here's everything you need to know to catch tonight's game:
- Date: Sunday, October 8th
- Game Time: 7:03 pm CT | 8:03 pm ET
- Location: Houston, TX
- Stadium: Minutes Maid Park
- Local TV Channel: Not Available
- National TV Channel: FS1 (FS2 & MLB Network if the Orioles/Rangers game goes late)
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go