Mike Redmond is heading to Minnesota for the first time as a Major League manager, but the Marlins skipper won't have much time to visit with his former organization.
Redmond, who played with the Twins for five seasons from 2005-09, will only be in town for a few days as Miami opens a two-game Interleague series at Target Field on Monday.
Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco will make his fifth start of the season on Monday, but he is still searching for his first win. In 18 career Interleague starts, Nolasco is 6-10 with a 5.43 ERA. He's never pitched at Target Field, and has never faced the Twins.
Redmond never played at Target Field as a member of the home team. The ballpark opened in 2010, and Redmond visited with the Indians. Still, the first-year manager is excited to return, even though Monday's temperatures are expected to drop into the low-30s.
"It's beautiful; it's a great ballpark," Redmond said. "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."
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 win streak to four games. The Twins haven't lost since they had an April 14 home game against the Mets postponed.
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.
Twins: Correia looks for better results against Marlins
Kevin Correia is scheduled to start for the Twins in Monday's series opener. The right-hander has gone at least seven innings in each of his previous three outings, and is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA.
Correia is familiar with the Marlins after pitching in the NL for 10 seasons from 2003-12. In 15 career appearances against Miami, Correia is 3-4 with a 7.06 ERA.
Correia won his first start of the year his last time out, holding the Angels to two runs over seven innings on April 15. He struck out five against one walk and made 101 pitches.
• The Marlins have lost four of their last five games, and are 3-7 in their last 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.