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Blue Jays at Twins: News and Notes

Both teams have momentum going into this week's series, but only one team can prevail (and it will probably be the Blue Jays).

Jose Bautista, aka the Twins' worst nightmare in human form.
Jose Bautista, aka the Twins' worst nightmare in human form.
Marc Serota

Toronto Blue Jays (7-6)


Minnesota Twins (6-6)


  • Tonight, 7:10pm, FSN: Phil Hughes vs. Brandon Morrow
  • Wednesday, 7:10pm, FSN: Mike Pelfrey vs. R.A. Dickey
  • Thursday, 12:10pm, NO TV: Kyle Gibson vs. Dustin McGowan


  • Traditionally, the Twins suck versus the Jays. In the last 25 match-ups between the two teams, the Twins have only won five times.
  • Jose Bautista has 10 career home runs at Target Field, the most of any non-Twins player and only one fewer than Joe Mauer.
  • Since 2010, Jose Bautista has hit 16 home runs total against the Twins, the most of any non-Miguel Cabrera player (and even Miggy, a frequent divisional foe, has only hit one more).
  • Jose Bautista is healthy and will be playing against the Twins this series.
  • It's going to be COLD. Game temperatures look to be in the 30s for every game, even Thursday's day game. So hopefully Jose Bautista doesn't like the cold.
  • The Twins aren't the only team to suffer unfortunate injuries: Blue Jay's infielder Maicer Izturis is likely out for the season after he tripped down the dugout stairs on Sunday and tore his lateral collateral ligament.
  • Toronto's Melky Cabrera is on a 13-game hitting streak to open the season, setting a franchise record. He's also hit four home runs during the streak. So hopefully Melky also does not like the cold.