Game will be made up June 16


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals' surprising
season was interrupted by bad weather again. It doesn't seem to
bother them.

The Royals' game against the Minnesota Twins was rained out
Wednesday night and will be made up June 16, a scheduled off day
for both teams.

With several hours of heavy rain in the forecast, the game never
began and was called after a nine-minute delay.

It was the third time this season the Royals have had a game
postponed because of inclement weather.

Kansas City is off to the best start in team history at 15-3,
but manager Tony Pena was not concerned that the unexpected day off
will affect his team's momentum.

"My boys need a break," he said. "Let them go home and rest,
spend time with their families. We'll be back tomorrow, and we'll
be fine."

Kansas City third baseman Joe Randa chose to look at the bright
side, too.

"It's always a good time for a rainout," he said. "I've never
had a rainout and been disappointed. Obviously, when your team is
playing well, it's good to be on the field playing. But a rainout
can be good for a ballclub when guys are a little hurt. It gives
them another day to get healthy. It can help a rotation mix and
match and get better matchups. You get time to go home and spend it
with your family."

The Royals' home game against Cleveland was rained out April 6.
Following an off day, their next game in Detroit was postponed due
to snow.

"Then we won two straight games against Detroit. It hasn't
really affected us so far," Randa said.

This was the first postponement of the year for the Twins.

Both managers said Wednesday's scheduled starters will be pushed
back to Thursday. Minnesota will pitch Brad Radke (1-2, 7.84 ERA),
while Kansas City sends Chris George (2-1, 5.94) to the mound.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he will push the rest of
his rotation back one day, rather than skip anybody. Pena said he
had not made up his mind, though he said he was leaning toward the
same decision.

The player who stands to lose the most because of the rainout is
Royals rookie pitcher Kyle Snyder, who was scheduled to make his
major league debut Friday in Toronto.

Though Pena has not decided, he now has the option to skip him
in the rotation. Snyder was not worried.

"Whatever day I'm scheduled to pitch, I'll be ready," he said.
"I'll welcome the challenge. It's part of baseball. You can't
control the weather. I just have to be patient and be ready to
pitch when they give me the ball."

Snyder is looking forward to his big moment.

"I think I'm feeling a combination of nerves, excitement and
peace," he said. "I'm very confident in my stuff. But there are
nerves in every game, whether it's at the big league level or back
in Little League. You just have to use them as a positive. Part of
being a major leaguer is learning how to deal with each of those
emotions and channeling them into something positive."