It appears the Minnesota Twins might have navigated out of their first worst-case scenario of a tough stretch of games this month.
Coming off a rough series against the Cleveland Guardians, in which the Twins dropped two of three despite being the better team, Minnesota bounced back with a huge series win over the San Diego Padres.
That success against the Padres is something the team is going to have to continue channeling, as the hard work is hardly over. Minnesota is in the middle of a three series gauntlet against the Padres, Cubs, and Dodgers -- all are top-contending teams in the National League.
We've seen what the Twins can do against bad teams, but we'll start to get a real sense of the team's identity against teams with World Series potential.
The Chicago Cubs are still on the rise as they rebuild following the destruction of its World Series core, but they're a formidable opponent trying to keep pace in a competitive NL Central. It's a big series for the Twins in that regard, plus it's just objectively cool when teams like the Cubs make a trip to Minnesota.
All of that is to say that fans will be glued to the game -- if they're not attending -- but might find it hard to catch the series opener on television.
How to watch the Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago Cubs tonight (May 12, 2023)
While finding Twins games has seemingly always been more difficult than it should be for fans, tonight's game will be an exclusive that not everyone will be able to tune into.
Apple wisely got in on securing some MLB broadcast rights, and by doing so will be exclusively streaming a handful of games this season. Twins fans have already encountered this last week when the game against the Guardians was on Apple TV+, and the team's first game in a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs will be no different.
Here's all the information you need to watch tonight's 'Friday Night Baseball' between the Twins and Cubs:
- Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM CT
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
- Stadium: Target Field
- Local TV Channel: Not Available
- National TV Channel: Apple TV+
- Live Stream: Apple TV+
Because Apple has the exclusive rights to the game, it won't be airing on Bally Sports North or any of the alternate channels that the Twins have been on this spring. This isn't a case like when the Timberwolves and Wild were playing in postseason games at the same time as the Twins, fans can either watch on Apple TV+ or not at all.
The good news is that the radio broadcast will remain the same, as Corey Provus and Dan Gladden will be on the call per usual. Anyone looking to watch the game who doesn't have an Apple TV+ subscription, though, is going to be out of luck.