Mar 28, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki (66) celebrates with catcher Dioner Navarro (30) after scoring the winning run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread 14 – Toronto Blue Jays (7-6) at Minnesota Twins (6-6)


 

It was nice to see the bats for the Toronto Blue Jays catch fire in that final game of the Baltmore series, giving Toronto another series win before heading on to Minnesota. Given the winter conditions in Minneapolis tonight, the Blue Jays may hope that some of that heat comes with them. As of right now, the temperature at Target Field is a balmy 37 degrees a temperature they are expected to sit at much of the evening. Of course, they are also predicting snow overnight tonight, which begs the question:

Why did they build an outdoor only stadium in Minnesota?

There’s another need to bring the big sticks as well. Entering play tonight, the Twins own the 3rd highest scoring team in the American League, which is odd since they rank 21st in team batting average.

To face that offense, the Blue Jays will send Brandon Morrow to the mound. This is Morrow’s third start of the 2014 campaign, with the right-hander last appearing on April 9th when he went 6 innings against the Houston Astros, allowing 3 earned runs and 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 9. He’ll be opposed by former Yankee Phil Hughes who has been hit hard, having thrown 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs in each of his two Twins outings.

Toronto Blue Jays Line-up

  • Brandon Morrow – P

 

Minnesota Twins Line-up

  • Phil Hughes – P

Worth Watching

Today marks two significant events for the Blue Jays. Firstly, it is the return of Munenori Kawasaki to the line-up, which apparently has Japanese reporters flocking to the frozen tundra of Target Field. Secondly, John Gibbons opted to start Jose Bautista in center field rather than move Melky to center and Sierra in left with Colby Rasmus sitting.

For those of you scrambling to find out if Bautista can play center, he has appeared in 73 games in center field during his career. However, you have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last time he appeared in the middle of the outfield. That season, he appeared in exactly 1 game in center. Yup, total faith right now in this decision working out well.

bautista say what

 

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays get a lead-off single from Melky Cabrera that extends his hitting streak to 14 games. However, Kawasaki gets called out stepping on home plate while bunting and Bautista and Lind follow with strike-outs.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Ughh, the adventure that is Moises Sierra in the outfield allows a double to right to bounce over his head and the runner from first scores with the first run of the game. 1-0 Twins.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Morrow strikes out a pair, but the one run may loom large on a cold night like tonight.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Good solid rip to right for Edwin. Good sign when he’s taking the ball the other way with authority.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    I thought the way Sierra played that ball in the first was entertaining. Watching him trip over first base was better.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I’m still waiting tor the GIF that was comical

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Then forgets how many outs in the inning. Where is Sierra’s head?

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays get one hit, but go quietly again in the second. Come on, we want the struggling Phil Hughes.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another adventure in the outfield, as Bautista takes a bad route and lets a single get by him and turns into a triple. This could be ugly…

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Just a mess out there tonight

      • Kyle Franzoni

        I’m waiting for the Benny Hill music to kick in.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    And the misplayed outfield ball costs the Blue Jays another run, as Florimon scores on a Mauer RBI single.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Morrow with 58 pitches through 2 innings. We may be having a J.A. Happ sighting this evening.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays get the lead-off man aboard as Ryan Goins…yes that Ryan Goins, singles to start the inning. A double play ball from Cabrera erases him though and Kawasaki fouls out to end the inning.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Nice play by Lawrie to end the third inning, saving another run. Still 2-0 Minnesota with the heart of the order due up.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Bautista with a solid lead-off double to lead-off the inning. We’ve had the lead-off man on every inning.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Lind follows with a walk, may be the start of something here.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Back-to-back strike-outs looking for Encarnacion and Navarro has quickly turned this rally around.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Sierra grounds out to end the inning and the Blue Jays come up empty again.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Lead-off walk, stolen base by Aaron Hicks, then a sac bunt by Pedro Florimon and the Twins have a runner at third with 1 out.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Big strike-out by Morrow gets the second out and takes away the sac fly. Morrow done after the out though, and Aaron Loup on to face Mauer and try to keep this a two-run game.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Loup gets the job done, continuing his ability to strand inherited runners.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays once again quiet in the top of the 5th. Hughes looking good for the Twins, as Blue Jays hitters don’t appear comfortable at the plate against him.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Changed rooms and the Blue Jays start rallying. A lead-off double by Kawasaki gets the ball rolling and then Bautista, Lind, Edwin, and Navarro follow with singles to tie up the game and load the bases with 0 outs.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Ground out by Sierra scores Lind

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Ryan Goins with an RBI single scoring Lind, Encarnacion scores when Twins start throwing the ball around. 5-2 Blue Jays.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Great inning from Wagner there holds the 3-run lead.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Is it me or has Kawasaki been in the middle of everything tonight?

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Twins go quietly in the bottom of the seventh and the Jays go back to work .

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays strand a pair in the top of the eighth.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Lind left game with lower back tightness. Status of Rasmus becomes very important tomorrow as Jays bench depth rears its ugly head.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Cecil gets in a little trouble but Delabar gets out of it quickly. To the ninth Jays up 5-2.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Grand Slam Brett Lawrie. Big bomb. 9-2 Jays.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Santos coming into the game even though it is out of reach now.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Santos gives up a home run in the bottom of the ninth but it amounts to nothing. 9-3 Blue Jays win