MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Toronto0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 380
Minnesota0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 151
  W: K. Gausman (3-3)   L: L. Varland (2-1)   S: J. Romano (11)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 26, 2023
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 25,061

Shorthanded Twins host Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Blue Jays are 27-16 (.628) all-time at Target Field, the second-best record by any AL club (Yankees -- 28-15, .651). Over the previous two seasons, these teams have split the eight meetings in Minneapolis.
  2. Toronto dropped three of four in Tampa Bay, including a 6-3 loss yesterday in which it struck out only once. It was its third loss this year with two or fewer hitting strikeouts -- the rest of MLB combined has three such games (Mets -- 2, Royals -- 1). The Jays are 6-15 in divisional games this season but are 20-10 otherwise.
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. surpassed 600 career hits on Tuesday at 24 years and 68 days old, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to record 600 hits as a Blue Jay.
  4. Twins' pitchers rank second in MLB this year with a 3.40 collective ERA (Astros -- 3.23). That is Minnesota's lowest mark through 50 games of a season since 1972 (2.59).
  5. Byron Buxton has a .302 career batting average against Toronto, his best versus any AL club. His 1.020 career OPS against the Blue Jays ranks fourth among active hitters (min. 100 PA), behind Shohei Ohtani (1.105), Alex Bregman (1.035) and Mike Trout (1.032).
  6. Kevin Gausman, who is 0-4 with a 6.36 ERA in nine career starts against the Twins, has gone five straight starts without a win for the first time since 2019. His 3.14 ERA is the lowest mark among all AL starters with a losing record on the year (currently 2-3).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/26/2023 thru 5/28/2023

The Minnesota Twins might feature another patchwork lineup when they open a three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The Twins have 11 players on the injured list and could add another, depending on how much pain Carlos Correa feels in his left foot when he arrives at the ballpark. Correa was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis earlier in the week, and the two-time All-Star shortstop missed games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the injury.

The Twins had Thursday off and will make a decision on Correa's status before the game on Friday.

The Twins are already without outfielders Joey Gallo (hamstring), Trevor Larnach (pneumonia) and Max Kepler (hamstring), and infielders Jorge Polanco (hamstring) and Nick Gordon (fractured tibia).

"No one feels bad for us, and we shouldn't feel bad for ourselves," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We've got a lot of good players who are coming back, hopefully soon."

Kyle Farmer has filled in at shortstop the past two games, but if Correa ends up going on the injured list, Minnesota may soon turn to former No. 1 overall draft pick Royce Lewis, who's scheduled to come off the 60-day disabled list on Monday after recovering from a knee injury.

Either way, the Twins are eager to win a series after dropping the past three.

"We've had a couple of tough games lately," Twins second baseman Edouard Julien said. "We usually have the lead early, and then we struggle to score runs late in games, and we don't finish the games."

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, have been one of the healthiest teams in the MLB this season, but catcher Danny Jansen departed the 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday with tightness in his groin and did not play in the series finale on Thursday, a 6-3 loss.

Alejandro Kirk caught instead and the Rays stole seven bases off him.

Kirk had three of Toronto's eight hits, however.

"Kirk is so unique, because he has a really good command of the strike zone and can handle a lot of different pitches," Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. "He's been so good for us, and we're never going to ignore that."

The Blue Jays plan to start right-hander Kevin Gausman in the series opener against the Twins.

Gausman (2-3, 3.14 ERA) is coming off his best outing of the season Sunday -- two runs and six hits over eight innings against the Baltimore Orioles - but he did not receive a decision in the 8-3 loss in 11 innings.

In his past three starts, Gausman has allowed four earned runs over 21 innings, striking out 23 and walking four.

The Blue Jays hope Gausman can pitch late into the game after Thursday's starter, Alek Manoah, went just three innings. Gausman has made nine starts against Minnesota and is 0-4 with a 6.36 ERA.

The Twins plan to counter with right-hander Louie Varland.

Varland (2-0, 4.18) has won his past two starts. He held the Los Angeles Angels to two runs and six hits over five innings in a 6-2 win Saturday.

He has never faced the Blue Jays in his two seasons in the MLB.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 26, 2023

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