|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|963||TORONTO||-115||Ov 7.5,+110||-120||Ov 7.5,+100|
|964||MINNESOTA||+105||Un 7.5,-130||+110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-3||+4||5-4||4.8||0.244||0.316||3.0||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||4-3||5.6||0.260||0.341||2.7||0.216||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-5||-0.6||7-1||5.0||0.243||0.332||5.9||0.276||0.360|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||5-2||4.6||0.219||0.323||5.0||0.251||0.320|
|4/3/2014||MORROW(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||140||8 un||O||5||7||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-7||L||+120||8.5 un||O||6||5||1||16||11||1|
|4/5/2014||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||4-0||W||-140||9 un||U||8||4||0||7||10||0|
|4/6/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-6||L||-120||8.5 un||O||9||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/11/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-0||W||140||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||5||8||2|
|4/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||1-2||L||100||9 un||U||7||9||0||9||8||0|
|4/13/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||11-3||W||-110||9 un||O||17||8||1||8||7||0|
|4/15/2014||MORROW(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||9-3||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||14||9||1||7||11||1|
|4/17/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|4/17/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|4/18/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||MORROW(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/3/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||10-9||W||125||7.5 ev||O||9||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/4/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-7||L||165||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||10||7||0|
|4/5/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||7-3||W||150||8 ov||O||10||8||0||5||6||0|
|4/6/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||10-7||W||165||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||15||12||1|
|4/11/2014||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||10-1||W||+115||8 un||O||11||9||0||5||7||1|
|4/12/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-1||W||+130||7.5 un||O||6||4||0||6||6||2|
|4/13/2014||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-3||W||+115||8 un||U||5||5||2||7||4||1|
|4/18/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/19/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/20/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|4/22/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/23/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Twins Preview* =========================
Toronto (8-6) at Minnesota (6-7), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins haven't won a home series with the Toronto Blue Jays in nearly seven years, and their one chance to end that streak this season is off to an unfavorable start.
The visitors will look to continue their rule in Minneapolis on Thursday by sweeping a day-night doubleheader, though the cold weather could work against the Blue Jays.
The nightcap will conclude this three-game series after Wednesday night's matchup was postponed due to unseasonable cold causing a spring snowstorm. The forecast Thursday includes a high temperature of 42 degrees but clear and dry conditions.
"We've got a roof up there in Toronto, so we don't get exposed to it that much. You've just got to be mentally tough," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
The cold could work against Toronto's R.A. Dickey, who will start the matinee. His knuckleball generally thrives in humid, hot conditions.
Toronto (8-6) has dominated the series lately in both teams' parks, winning 18 of 22 in Minnesota and 21 of 26 overall after Tuesday's 9-3 victory. The Twins last won a home series with the Blue Jays when they took two of three May 25-27, 2007.
The Blue Jays seek their third straight win after totaling 20 runs and 31 hits in their last two games, with Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion combining for a 14-for-23 mark in the middle of the order. Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 14 games, a franchise record to begin a season, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth despite the chilly weather.
"It just kind of hits you. It takes a little bit of getting used to," Lawrie said, adding: "Get your cold gear on and man up."
The Twins (6-7) had their three-game winning streak halted but continued to get on base at an impressive clip. Their .340 on-base percentage is among the best in baseball.
Dickey (1-2, 5.30 ERA) will be out to limit that effectiveness. He's been roughed up in two of his three starts, including Thursday's 6-4 loss to Houston in which he allowed five runs in seven innings. He served up two homers to the Astros, something that hurt him last season when he surrendered 35, the second most in the majors.
Still, he thought his knuckleball was working and his velocity was where he needed it.
"It was a real surprise when I have a knuckleball like that and have the outcome that we had," Dickey told the team's official website. "I had really good command of it early on ... I was throwing it hard, it felt great coming out of my hand, and then we had just a couple of hiccups and it happened really quickly. It's not like things were spiraling out of control."
His luck in Minnesota hasn't been any better with a 1-1 record and 7.30 ERA in four games, two starts.
Dickey was originally scheduled to square off with Mike Pelfrey, but he's been bumped to the late game while Kyle Gibson (2-0, 1.59) starts in the afternoon. The second-year right-hander has overcome four walks in each of his first two outings to win both, giving up one run in each and allowing eight hits in 11 1-3 innings. He's never faced Toronto.
Pelfrey (0-2, 7.84) hasn't been nearly as good in his second season with Minnesota. He allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings of a 6-1 loss to Oakland on Thursday, dropping him to 0-5 with a 7.58 ERA in his last six starts. The first of those was a loss to Toronto on Sept. 6. He went 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA against the Blue Jays last season.
This season, he's allowed four homers in two games.
"It was tough," Pelfrey told the team's official website after his last start. "My fastball command wasn't very good. I threw a lot of balls. I walked too many guys. I left balls up and over the plate. If you do that, you're going to hit. It was just a bad day of executing pitches."
Pelfrey will be opposed by Dustin McGowan (1-1, 4.00), who has had two very different outings thus far. He was tagged for four runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to the Yankees on April 4, but the right-hander went 6 1-3 innings in a 2-0 win in Baltimore on Friday.
McGowan has been outstanding in six games - two starts - against Minnesota, going 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA while holding the Twins to a .161 average.
Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury while Lind is day to day after leaving with lower-back tightness.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2014 1:27:45 AM EST|