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Tyler Mahle ready for his Twins' debut as Blue Jays await

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Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Blue Jays are an American League-best 13-4 since July 12 and have gained 5 1/2 games on the first-place Yankees in the AL East. They're 31-15 at Minnesota since May 13, 2008 and have won their last two games playing at Target Field.
  2. Blue Jays 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a .418/.475/.600 slash line during a 14-game hitting streak that's one shy of the career best he established from May 2-18. He homered twice in a three-game series vs. the Twins in June but is batting .125 (3-for-24) in his last six games against them.
  3. Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah has allowed more than two earned runs just once in 10 road starts this season and ranks sixth in the American League with a 2.37 ERA away from home. Since tying a season high with four walks on July 9 at Seattle, he's issued one over 18.1 IP in his last three starts.
  4. The Twins took two of three from Detroit to open their seven-game homestand but have won three in a row just once since May 24. They're 29th in MLB with a 5.60 ERA since July 14.
  5. Twins IF Juan Miranda is hitting .412/.474/.618 with two homers and 10 RBI in his last nine games. He went 5-for-12 (.417) with two homers and four RBI in a three-game series at Toronto in June and is tied for fourth in the AL with 22 RBI since July 1.
  6. Since surrendering 11 runs over 8.1 IP in his final two starts before the All-Star break, Twins RHP Sonny Gray has given up two runs over 11 innings in his last two outings. He has a 5.87 ERA in his last four starts vs. the Blue Jays after compiling a 2.45 ERA in his first nine starts against them.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/4/2022 thru 8/7/2022
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Right-hander Tyler Mahle will make his Minnesota Twins' debut on Friday night when the American League Central leaders oppose the Toronto Blue Jays in Minneapolis.

Mahle (5-7, 4.40 ERA), who hasn't faced the Blue Jays in his career, was part of a key deadline trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

Minnesota dealt three of its top 25 prospects -- infielders Spencer Steen and Christian Encarnacion-Strand and left-hander Steve Hajjar -- to obtain him.

In his last appearance for the Reds, Mahle earned a 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday after allowing two runs on five hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out seven. Mahle has pitched to a 2.83 ERA over his past nine starts, working at least six innings in eight of those outings.

Mahle, 27, arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday and threw a bullpen session. He is reunited in the Twins' rotation with Sonny Gray, who was his teammate for three seasons in Cincinnati.

"As soon as I landed, I kind of felt like this was where I needed to be," Mahle said before the Blue Jays won the series opener 9-3 on Thursday. "I texted my wife and everything. I was like, 'I think you are going to like it here.' We're excited."

The Twins are glad to have him considering they are 3-6 in their past nine games. Minnesota is clinging to a one-game lead in the division over the Cleveland Guardians and a two-game edge on the defending Central champion Chicago White Sox.

"I think (Mahle is) a guy that we know has the stuff and ability to pitch toward the top of the rotation," said Derek Falvey, Minnesota's president of baseball operations. "And hopefully, he's doing that amongst a whole group of his peers over the next couple of seasons for us."

Mahle went 20-15 over the past three seasons with the Reds, and he is averaging 9.83 strikeouts per nine innings this season.

Right-hander Jose Berrios (8-4, 4.96), obtained by the Blue Jays from Minnesota in a 2021 deadline deal, will make his fourth career start against the Twins on Friday. He is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA against them.

Berrios picked up the win in a June 4 start against the Twins in Toronto when he allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings while setting a career high with 13 strikeouts. He subsequently fanned 13 Philadelphia Phillies on July 12.

The Blue Jays, despite being no-hit over the first 4 2/3 innings by Gray on Thursday, still managed to take the series opener by rolling up nine runs on 12 hits against the Twins' bullpen.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the way with a double and three-run homer. Bo Bichette added two doubles and a single for Toronto, which blew the game open with a six-run eighth inning. Teoscar Hernandez also homered for the Blue Jays, who hold the first AL wild-card spot.

"If you can line it up, they all have the potential for damage," Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. "If you can put guys on base and put the ball in play like we've been preaching all year -- I know we had six walks, five in the first five innings. Nothing came of it, but when you put that combination of on-base and damage together, it's pretty good."

It was the fourth win in five games for Toronto, which improved to 9-3 since the All-Star break.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 5, 2022

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