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Twins seek series split with Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins
- The Twins outscored the Padres 19-1 while sweeping the two-game series. Minnesota now has 10 series sweeps this season, its most since sweeping 10 series in 2006.
- The Blue Jays had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. Toronto has lost 24 one-run games on the year, second most in the AL behind the Yankees with 25.
- Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday's win over San Diego. Mauer now has a team-high 12 games with at least three hits this season, one fewer than he had in the previous two seasons combined (13).
- Richard Urena extended his hitting streak to six games after going 1-for-4 with a double in the loss on Wednesday. Urena is now 10-for-25 (.400) over his last six games, after going just 2-for-13 (.154) through his first four games.
- Jose Berrios allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings in a no decision at the Royals last Saturday. Berrios is the first Twins pitcher to throw 130+ innings at age-23 or younger since Kyle Lohse in 2002.
- Brett Anderson threw his second quality start in a row in a win on Saturday against the Tigers. After putting up an 8.18 ERA in six starts for the Cubs, Anderson has pitched to a 3.06 ERA in three starts with Toronto.
- Phils add 1B Santana for 3 years, $60M
- Angels land INF Cozart for 3 years, $38M
- Padres acquire SS Galvis from Phillies
- Rose's defamation suit vs. Dowd tossed
- Reliever Rondon, Astros agree to deal
(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have officially been eliminated in the American League Central race following Saturday's 7-2 loss to Toronto.
The Twins' playoff hopes, however, are still very much alive.
Minnesota remains in control of the second spot in the American League wild card spot, one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, heading into Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
After Sunday, the Twins head to New York for three games with the Yankees -- the team that sits five games ahead of them in the wild-card race.
The Twins would love to have slugger Miguel Sano in the lineup for the last two weeks of the regular season, but his return remains a question mark. He's been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction in his left shin.
"The reality is that I'm not as encouraged today as I was when we first got home because I had heard about some of the things he had done prior to our return, and it just hasn't been a great week," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday.
Minnesota's offense had been chugging along just fine without Sano before tallying only three hits Saturday. The Twins hope to bounce back Sunday and split the four-game series.
The Twins will send right-hander Kyle Gibson to the mound Sunday. Gibson (10-10, 4.97 ERA) has pitched well of late, going 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last five starts.
Gibson faced -- and beat -- the Blue Jays earlier this year. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in Toronto on Aug. 27. He's 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.
Toronto will counter with right-hander Joe Biagini (3-10, 5.07 ERA). Biagini picked up the loss in that Aug. 27 game when he gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings. It's the only time in his career that Biagini has started against Minnesota, but has faced the Twins twice as a reliever. He's 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA lifetime versus Minnesota.
Biagini started the season as a reliever, then made 11 starts for Toronto before going back to the bullpen.
Sunday marks his fifth start since returning to the rotation. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he hopes Biagini's remaining few starts will help make the decision easier when determining where to slot Biagini.
"He's probably going to get about three more starts," Gibbons said. "I think that'll help make a decision for next year, what his role is. He's already proved he can be really good out of the bullpen."
Biagini is 2-9 with a 5.40 ERA as a starter this season and 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 relief appearances.
Updated September 17, 2017