Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar backed left-hander J.A. Happ with solo homers, as the Jays edged the Twins by a score of 4-3 on Friday at Target Field. Minnesota’s lead dropped to 2 1/2 games for the second spot in the American League Wild Card race, pending the result of the Rangers-Angels game.
Rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia return to the Twins rotation’ Saturday to face veteran right-hander Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays at Target Field. The Twins are looking to build their lead over the Angels, Mariners and other teams for the second American League Wild Card spot.
For the second consecutive night, the Twins won on a walk-off homer, as Byron Buxton delivered a two-out blast in the 10th inning to push his club past the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Thursday night at Target Field.
The fifth annual Tournament 12 got underway Thursday at Rogers Centre in Toronto, showcasing Canada’s 160 best young amateur baseball players with college eligibility. The event runs through Sunday.
Twins right-hander Bartolo Colon will start Friday on “Big Sexy Night” at Target Field. The Blue Jays will counter with left-hander J.A. Happ in the second contest of a four-game set. The game will be broadcast live on the official MLB Facebook page, and will include an exclusive MLB.com pregame show.
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The Blue Jays’ game on Saturday, Sept. 23, against the Yankees, originally scheduled to start at 1:07 p.m. ET, will now begin at 4:07 p.m. The game-time change is to accommodate broadcast commitments.
Center fielder Denzel Clarke is brimming with athletic upside, and at 17, the Canadian Junior National Team member is using his return to Tournament 12 in Toronto as an opportunity to show the strides he’s made over the past 12 months.
The Twins will look to gain a little bit of breathing room in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot when they open a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.
The Orioles have finally halted their losing streak at six games and avoided the sweep in Toronto on Wednesday night with a well-pitched 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Kevin Gausman will look to put his blister issues in the past when he takes the mound against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.