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Minnesota2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 240
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  W: S. Matz (13-7)   L: B. Ober (2-3)
12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE1:07 PM CT, September 18, 2021
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 14,722

Blue Jays try to continue September surge vs. Twins

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Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Twins have won their last seven road games against the Blue Jays. That is tied for their longest-ever road win streak against Toronto (2002-04). Only two teams have had a longer road win streak against the Jays -- Boston in 1980-82 (12) and Texas in 1995-96 (8).
  2. The Twins lost two games of a three-game set with Cleveland, suffering a 12-3 defeat in the rubber game. Minnesota has allowed 10+ runs in 18 games this season, third most in MLB. Toronto has scored 10+ runs in 21 games this season, most in MLB.
  3. The Blue Jays won two of three games against the Rays, giving Toronto 16 wins in its last 19 games. The last time Toronto won 16 games in a 19-game span was in August 2015. The Blue Jays were 6.5 games out of the playoff race before this 19-game span, but are now in postseason position after yesterday's games.
  4. Byron Buxton has a 1.064 OPS in 14 career games against the Blue Jays. The only three-home run game in Buxton's career came in Toronto on August 27, 2017.
  5. Bo Bichette had two home runs in the Rays series, his 24th and 25th of the season. Bichette joins Vladimir Guerrero Jr. this season (45) and Jesse Barfield in 1983 (27) as the only Blue Jays to have a 25-home run season at age 23 or younger (age at end of season).
  6. Michael Pineda has pitched two games this month, earning the win both times. Pineda has a 2.70 ERA (14/46.2) in September since 2019. Hyun Jin Ryu allowed seven earned runs last time out, the third time he has allowed seven earned runs in his last seven starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021

The Toronto Blue Jays will make a second attempt at winning their 14th game in September on Saturday afternoon when they play the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Toronto lost for only the third time this month when it fell 7-3 to the Twins on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series and the first meeting between the teams since 2019.

The Blue Jays (82-65) are involved in a tight American League wild-card race and need to try to take advantage of non-contenders such as the Twins. Toronto sits a one game behind the Boston Red Sox (84-65) and a half-game behind the New York Yankees (83-65) in the wild-card chase.

The Twins (65-83) have won eight straight games at the Rogers Centre dating to 2017.

The Blue Jays will start left-hander Steven Matz (12-7, 3.87 ERA) on Saturday. He has faced the Twins once in his career, taking a no-decision on July 16, 2019, when he was with the New York Mets. He allowed two runs, five hits and one walk over four innings.

The Twins will start right-hander Bailey Ober (2-2, 4.12 ERA), who has never faced the Blue Jays.

Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 46th home run of the season on Friday, a solo blast to left. He tied Joe DiMaggio (1937) for the second most home runs in a season by a player aged 22 or younger, trailing only Eddie Mathews, who hit 47 in 1953. His 46 homers are tied with Jose Canseco for the third most in a season in franchise history.

The Twins had four home runs on Friday: a two-run blast by Jorge Polanco and solo shots by Josh Donaldson and Miguel Sano, all three in succession in the third inning, and a solo blast by Brent Rooker in the sixth.

The three consecutive homers marked the 10th time in team history that the Twins have done it and the first time since April 26, 2019, against the Baltimore Orioles.

A concerning aspect of the loss for the Blue Jays was the performance of starter Hyun Jin Ryu, who allowed five runs in two-plus innings.

The left-hander allowed a single, double and two homers to his only four batters in the third before he was replaced. It was his shortest outing in two seasons with Toronto. He allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles in his previous start.

"When he's really good, he commands all his pitches," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "Right now he is having a struggle with his command."

Montoyo said he feels that Ryu has the ability to make the necessary adjustments.

"He'll be fine," the manager added.

Donaldson, a former Blue Jay who won the AL MVP with Toronto in 2015, received a standing ovation when he came to bat in the first inning on Friday. He tipped his batting helmet.

"I can't lie," the third baseman said. "It's nice to get back here and play in front of these fans and in this stadium where I have so many good memories."

He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2018 and made his return to the Rogers Centre in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

The Twins are without shortstop Andrelton Simmons for the series because of visa issues.

Minnesota recalled right-hander Nick Vincent, who has pitched in two games for them this season, from Triple-A St. Paul. Left-hander Andrew Albers was sent to the Saints.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2021

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