A pair of teams from the American League continue an early week series in the Twin Cities. The Toronto Blue Jays are on the road as they play the third game of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night. Toronto rallied to take the opening game of the series, 5-3, on Monday night to draw first blood. The pitching matchup for Tuesday’s second game of the set saw Aaron Sanchez take the mound for Toronto against Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson. First pitch in the contest was set for 7:40 pm ET.
Toronto Blue Jays Still Looking for Offensive Production
Toronto managed to come up with a win in the series opener Monday night but it took a late rally to get it. The Blue Jays entered Tuesday 6.5 games behind the Rays for the top spot in the AL East race. Randal Grichuk (run) and Teoscar Hernandez (run, three RBI) each had three of the Blue Jays’ season-high 11 hits in the win. Hernandez hit a go-ahead three-run homer, his first of the year, in the eighth inning to get Toronto the win. Matt Shoemaker didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts over six innings of work. Sam Gaviglio (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless seventh while Joe Biagini worked the ninth for his first save.
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Rookie Trent Thornton takes the ball to make his fourth start of the season for the Blue Jays in this contest. He comes in 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA, a 1.244 WHIP, four walks and 18 strikeouts over 13.2 innings of work this season. Thornton took the loss in his last start, which came at home against Tampa Bay Friday night. He threw three innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in an 11-7 Toronto defeat. In his fourth major league start, Thornton pitches against the Twins for the first time in his career. As a result, this marks his first career start at Target Field.
Minnesota Twins Hoping to Hold AL Central Edge
Minnesota had their chances in the opening game of this set but the bullpen wilted in the eighth inning to turn a 3-1 lead into a 5-3 defeat. The Twins entered Tuesday holding a half-game edge over the Indians in the AL Central race. Minnesota got three hits from Jorge Polanco (run) while C.J. Cron accounted for their offense with a three-run homer, his second of the season. Martin Perez was solid in his first start of the season but ended up with a no-decision. He threw six innings, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Adalberto Mejia (0-1) took the loss on the mound as he allowed four runs on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts over two innings of relief.
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Jake Odorizzi takes the mound for his fourth start of the season for the Twins in the contest. He is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA, a 1.147 WHIP, nine walks and 15 strikeouts over 11.1 innings of work this season. Odorizzi took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the Mets last Wednesday. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on one hit with four walks and three strikeouts in a 9-6 Twins defeat. Odorizzi makes his 16th career start against the Blue Jays in this contest. He is 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.059 WHIP, 33 walks and 68 strikeouts over 89.2 innings of work. Odorizzi is 5-4 with a 4.17 ERA, a 1.349 WHIP, 38 walks and 101 strikeouts over 99.1 innings in 19 career starts at Target Field.
- Blue Jays are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota
- Twins are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. American League East
- Twins are 1-5 in Odorizzi’s last 6 starts during game 3 of a series