Hi guys, welcome to tonight's liveblog of the Minnesota Twins versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Here are tonight's starting lineups:
Minnesota Twins (69-68)
SP: Brian Duensing (2-1, 3.81 ERA)
Toronto Blue Jays (61-76)
SP: Ricky Romero (11-7, 4.15 ERA)
Lots of Blue Jays news today. They called up RP Jeremy Accardo, SP David Purcey and IB/C Kyle Phillips from Triple A Las Vegas.
Accardo picked up 13 saves in Las Vegas in 30 innings of work. Very glad to see him back as he'll bring some stability to the middle/back end of the bullpen.
David Purcey had a horrible beginning to the season with the Jays. He was 0-2 with a 7.01 ERA in 5 starts. He has continued to struggle in Las Vegas with a 9-6 record and a 4.46 ERA. Most notably, Purcey has walked 78 batters in Triple A.
Kyle Phillips (brother of former Blue Jay Jason Phillips) will also be on the 40 man roster now. Phillips hit .300 with 8 HR and 29 RBI's with the 51's.
Besides being Gregg Zaun's replacement for a while back in 2007, I remember Jason Phillips most for his glasses.
Also, congratulations to Aaron Hill and his wife Lizzy on the birth of their first child. It was a baby girl, Paige Victoria Hill. Just like her dad, hopefully she will grow up to hit 30 HR in a season.
Jose Bautista will take Hill's place in the number two spot. There was a bit of a debate as to who would fill Hill's spot in the interim. I thought Cito would pick either John McDonald or even Vernon Wells.
Thankfully, Kevin Millar will NOT be batting cleanup tonight. He has been moved down into the six spot, Wells will hit cleanup.
Absent for the Minnesota Twins tonight, AL MVP candidate Joe Mauer.
Sounds like it's a very light crowd tonight. Last night there was only 13,000 on hand. I imagine it will be even less on Thursday afternoon during the matinee.
Ricky Romero is hoping to get back on track tonight - in his last 6 starts he is 1-3 with a 6.32 ERA. In his last start, RR Cool Jay walked a season-high 6 batters.
Twins rookie Brian Duensing will make his 5th start of the season. In his last three starts, Duensing is 2-0 with a sparkling 1.42 ERA.
Romero starts off with a first pitch strike to Span.
Same location, yet this one is called a ball.
Span takes a big cut for strike two.
Romero goes inside and Span gets a piece of it and slaps it foul.
Romero goes a little lower than he anticipated with his breaking ball. Just a few inches off the ground.
Ricky gets it a touch higher, but not high enough to get Span to swing at it.
Span knocks it along the left field line, out of the reach of Adam Lind. Span in with a leadoff double.
O-Cab at the dish, maybe J.P.'s getting a look at their shortstop for next year?
J-Mac is the man with the golden glove. Cabrera swings at the first pitch and grounds out to John McDonald. Span advances to third base, with one out.
Kubel strikes out and Chavez guns down Span at third base.
@Nick0rz He's not my choice either, but J.P. has a soft spot for former Oakland A's.
Romero nibbling at the edge of the zone, works a full count.
@jasonogley It was one of the single greatest pitching performances I have ever seen!
Even count now to Justin Morneau, who also makes a case for AL MVP.
Lefty versus lefty, and right now Morneau is winning the battle.
Romero misses low for ball three.
Third straight full count for Romero.
Down the right field line, and the usher picks up the ball!
I guess that's an automatic ground rule double - way to go yellow shirt!
The usher made an Alex Rios-sized fielding mistake.
After tonight, he will be forever damned to the 500 level.
Score that as a double for Morneau, he picks up the RBI as the Twins jump ahead 1-0.
Right down the plate from RR Cool Jay for strike two.