Twins postpone game vs. Red Sox following police killing of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis suburb

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Monday afternoon’s series opener between the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins at Target Field has been postponed after 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon. CBS News has more on the incident, which occurred in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Twins released the following statement Monday:

“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game.

The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. Information regarding the rescheduling of today’s game, and corresponding ticket details, will be released in the near future.

The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”

While speaking with reporters Monday, Twins president Dave St. Peter said no decision has been made regarding the rest of the series. The Twins and Red Sox were originally scheduled to three afternoon games this week (Tuesday to Thursday).

“At the end of the day, we came to the conclusion that the right thing to do was not to play today,” St. Peter told reporters, including Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Police held a press conference approximately eight miles away from Target Field at Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday. Sunday’s shooting took place about 14 miles north of where George Floyd was killed by police last year.

The Twins honored Floyd with a moment of silence during their home opener last season. Later in the season some players sat out games and several games were postponed in protest of the Jacob Blake police shooting in Wisconsin.

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