Is it summer yet?
That is a question Twins players, coaches and fans have all been asking themselves during the first two weeks of the 2013 season as cold, snowy weather continues to gush down on Target Field.
"It's not the easiest thing in the world to do. Today was like Florida out there, and it was only 40 degrees. It was good to see the sun out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Tuesday's game. "We hadn't seen it in a while, so it made for a beautiful day for batting practice. But it's definitely different when it's cold.
"It's definitely tougher playing in this colder weather everywhere we've been -- dealing with rain and all that. Hopefully we'll get through it and go from there."
While the Angels and Twins are hoping for a little more sunshine come Wednesday's series finale, with the Twins seeking a series sweep, all signs are pointing to more rain and snow in the Twin Cities.
"We're going to get through one pitch, one inning at a time, and see where everything leads," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Obviously there's some snow in the forecast."
Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson will be looking for his second win of the season after being roughed up in his last start against the Astros.
Allowing the first five batters to reach base during the game, Hanson allowed three runs while tossing 37 pitches in the first inning. In total, he surrendered five runs over five innings in the loss.
Vance Worley, Wednesday's starter for the Twins, had similar issues during his last start.
The right-hander turned in the worst outing of his career against the Mets on Friday, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits while recording just three outs. The start marked the shortest outing of his three-year career.
"It's frustrating," Worley said after the start. "Nobody likes to have that happen to them. So I'll have to make some adjustments so that I'm ready to go."
Angels: Madson could be in bullpen by end of month
• Right-hander Ryan Madson threw a 40-pitch, high-intensity session on the Target Field mound early Tuesday afternoon, representing his third session with only one day of rest in between.
It was, as Madson put it, the "closest I've felt to normal," setting him up to throw to hitters when the Angels return home on Friday, probably in a simulated game.
Madson also believes he should be activated off the disabled list and contributing to a needy bullpen in the next few weeks.
"He's smiling, and I think that says a lot," Scioscia said. "He's always been very candid on how he feels, and when he was stiff and wasn't feeling good and wasn't bouncing back, he would say it. Right now, he's two thumbs up. He feels great."
Twins: Mauer keeps on hitting
• Catcher Joe Mauer continued to turn heads during the Twins' 8-6 win over the Angels on Tuesday night by going 4-for-5 -- his second consecutive four-hit game -- with three RBIs, extending his hit streak to nine games. It was the second time in his career he had back-to-back four-hit games, with the last time coming June 26-27, 2006, against the Dodgers.
"His physical ability obviously warrants being the top pick in the country when he was drafted and being one of the best players in the game," Scioscia said. "Although he's been banged up a little bit the last couple years, he's one of the best, not only offensive catchers, but behind the plate, the way he can control a game, the way he throws, the way he receives, does everything. I mean he's a terrific player, needless to say."
Gardenhire has been impressed by Mauer's ability to hit with two strikes.
"It takes courage in the first place. Not that many guys want to get to two strikes and stand there and fight pitches off. But it's not like he fights balls off. He puts as good of swings on with two strikes as he does any other time in the count," Gardenhire said. "You just have to have a lot of confidence in knowing the strike zone and trusting your hands, and he does that. He can flat-out hit, let's just put it that way."
• Wednesday will mark the first time Hanson has ever faced the Twins.
• Twins right-handed reliever Tim Wood, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24 with a right rotator cuff strain, began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Tuesday.
"Wood threw an inning for the Miracle and will probably pitch tomorrow or the next day," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.