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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins Preview and Predictions 04-18-2019 in MLB


Marwin Gonzalez has responded after sitting out the series opener with four hits and hopes to build off that while leading the Minnesota Twins to a split of the four-game set Thursday afternoon against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Gonzalez was 5-for-34 to start the season after signing a two-year $21 million deal with the Twins, but homered in Tuesday's loss and singled home a run in the 4-1 win Wednesday to improve to 4-for-7 in the series.

Slugger Nelson Cruz also came through for Minnesota with two RBIs on Wednesday to raise his batting average to .313 while teammate Jorge Polanco (.429) continued his hot start with a pair of hits and is 9-for-16 his past four contests. Michael Pineda will try to give the Twins another strong outing when he takes the mound Thursday and the Blue Jays counter with veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who impressed in his first start with the club last time out. Toronto had won three of four games before leaving six runners on base in Wednesday's setback, being limited to Justin Smoak's RBI single in the first inning. Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been the best hitter for the Blue Jays all season (.338, five homers, 11 RBIs) and he finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's defeat.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Toronto), FS North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Clay Buchholz (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Twins RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.00)

Buchholz was outstanding in his debut with the Blue Jays after signing as a free agent, limiting Tampa Bay to one run on six hits over six innings. The 34-year-old Texan, who was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in his comeback season with Arizona in 2018, struck out a pair and did not walk a batter Saturday. Cruz (5-for-15) and C.J. Cron (2-for-2) have each homered versus Buchholz, who is 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) against Minnesota.



Pineda has put together three straight solid starts to open his first season with the Twins while permitting five runs on 13 hits across 15 total innings. The 30-year-old Dominican Republic native, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, has struck out 15 and walked just two. Smoak is 5-for-10 with two homers against Pineda, who gave up 10 runs on 19 hits over eight innings versus Toronto in 2017.

WALK-OFFS

1. Toronto INF Eric Sogard is 4-for-8 with a walk and two runs scored since being recalled earlier in the week.

2. Minnesota RHP Blake Parker is 4-for-4 in save opportunities after striking out two in the ninth inning for another Wednesday.

3. The Blue Jays have just four stolen bases for 28th in the majors and the Twins are tied for last with three.

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Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Capacity: 42,035

Last Injuries

Minnesota Twins

  • Max Kepler

    Illness
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Kepler is dealing with an illness and is unlikely to take part in Sunday's game against the Orioles.

  • Gabriel Moya

    Shoulder
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Moya has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder tendinitis, and it is uncertain if he will come off the IL during the start of May.

  • Addison Reed

    Thumb
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Reed has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain and is likely to remain on the IL until at least the early half in May.

  • Matt Magill

    Shoulder
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Magill is on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He is likely to be sidelined until at least start of May.

  • Tyler Austin

    Elbow
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Austin is dealing with inflammation in his right elbow and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Cruz is not expected to suit up against the Blue Jays on Tuesday as he is to be rested.

  • Miguel Sano

    Heel
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Sano has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a debridement procedure to repair a laceration to his lower-right heel. He is expected to remain out of the lineup until sometime in May.

  • Matt Magill

    Shoulder
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Magill is on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder tendinitis, but he is expected to return sometime before the end of April.

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Toronto Blue Jays

  • Matt Shoemaker

    Knee
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Shoemaker has landed on the 10-day injured list with a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Finger
    Ques April 28 | questionable

    Sanchez was removed from his last outing due to a broken fingernail on his right middle finger, and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start April 28 against the Athletics.

  • Freddy Galvis

    Leg
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Galvis exited the last game due to left leg stiffness, and it is undetermined if he will be in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants.

  • Clayton Richard

    Knee
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Richard has been designated for the 10-day injured list, and he is expected to be out until the beginning of May due to a stress reaction in his right knee.

  • Ryan Borucki

    Elbow
    Late May | 60-day IL

    Borucki has been moved to the 60-day injured list with left elbow soreness. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the end of May.

  • Ryan Tepera

    Elbow
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Tepera is tending to right elbow inflammation and has been removed from the 10-day injured list. It is likely he will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins.

  • Ken Giles

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Giles sat out the previous game due to an illness but is expected to be available for Tuesday's matchup against the Twins.

  • Devon Travis

    Knee
    Late May | 60-day IL

    Travis is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in his left knee. He is likely to be sidelined until at least the latter part of May.

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minnesota-twins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Mitch Garver 10 7 33 10 14 4 0 5 10 33 0 7 0 .424 1.000 .457
Jorge Polanco 18 17 69 12 25 5 3 3 5 45 0 12 1 .362 .652 .430
Nelson Cruz 15 13 49 9 15 4 0 3 12 28 0 13 0 .306 .571 .443
Willians Astudillo 13 10 44 10 13 4 0 2 7 23 0 1 0 .295 .523 .313
Byron Buxton 18 17 60 10 17 12 1 0 9 31 4 15 0 .283 .517 .338
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Trevor Hildenberger 11 0 23 10 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 119
Taylor Rogers 10 0 35 15 3 15 1 1 3 0 0 0 3 197
Trevor May 10 0 27 8 0 9 0 0 4 0 0 2 4 177
Blake Parker 8 0 19 6 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 135
Adalberto Mejia 7 0 27 8 0 9 2 0 8 0 0 0 5 178
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jason Castro 9 8 0 6 1 1 0 1
Mitch Garver 10 7 0 2 2 0 0 1
Willians Astudillo 13 10 0 2 0 0 0 0
Byron Buxton 18 17 0 0 0 0 2 0
C.J. Cron 17 15 0 0 0 1 0 0