MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer, Teoscar Hernández homered for the second straight day and the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 9-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday evening.
Whit Merrifield, who revealed earlier within the day that he’s now vaccinated towards COVID-19 and cleared to play in Canada, had two hits in his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from Kansas Metropolis for 2 minor leaguers on the commerce deadline.
Toronto received for the twelfth time in 15 video games and received six efficient innings from Alek Manoah.
Manoah (12-5) allowed two runs on two hits however tied a season excessive with 4 walks. The primary-time All-Star left his earlier begin with an elbow contusion. He was hit in the best bicep space by a comebacker within the fourth inning for Minnesota’s first hit however remained within the sport.
Twins starter Sonny Grey additionally had a no-hitter working into the center innings earlier than Cavan Biggio had a two-out single within the fifth. Grey was carried out after 5 innings, giving up only one hit, however he walked a season-high 5 batters.
Emilio Pagán (3-5) relieved Grey and allowed three runs — two earned — on 4 hits in an inning.
Hernández despatched Pagán’s providing to the again of the second deck in left area to begin a three-run sixth. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Merrifield added RBI singles. Guerrero’s twenty second homer capped a six-run eighth.
Jose Miranda had two RBIs for Minnesota on a hit-by-pitch and groundout. Jake Cave hit his first dwelling run in his third sport this season.
Blue Jays: George Springer returned because the designated hitter after lacking three video games with an elbow damage. Interim supervisor John Schneider stated Springer was “feeling higher” and checked off a listing of things the staff wished to see earlier than placing him again within the lineup. Schneider stated the damage is one thing the staff will possible must handle the remainder of the season.
Twins: OF Kyle Garlick was positioned on the 10-day injured listing earlier than the sport with a proper ribcage contusion. Garlick was injured when he collided with the left-field wall in San Diego on July 29. OF Gilberto Celestino was reinstated from the paternity listing. … Supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated it’s attainable OF Max Kepler (proper fifth toe fracture) might return to the lineup over the weekend. … RHP Jorge Alcala had proper elbow arthroscopic debridement surgical procedure Wednesday and is predicted to be prepared for spring coaching subsequent yr.
RHP Tyler Mahle will make his Twins debut Friday after being acquired on the commerce deadline from Cincinnati for 3 prospects. Mahle was 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 video games for the Reds. Toronto counters with former Minnesota RHP José Berríos (8-4, 4.96). Berríos has confronted the Twins 3 times because the 2021 commerce deadline deal, together with a seven-inning, two-run begin this season.
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