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Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick & Prediction SEP 19TH 2021

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Jose Berrios will be a reluctant starter Sunday afternoon when the Toronto Blue Jays face the visiting Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of a three-game series.

The right-hander will be facing the only team he had played for until he was traded to the Blue Jays at the deadline in July. It is a start he would rather not make.

"I don't want to," Berrios said. "They used to be my guys, but now, they're in a different dugout and team. That's what it is."

Berrios (11-8, 3.43 ERA) was 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 starts for Minnesota this season and is 4-3 with a 3.31 mark in nine starts for Toronto.

The 27-year-old was traded for two top prospects, infielder Austin Martin and pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson. The move means a chance to play in the postseason this season with the Blue Jays (83-65), who occupy one of the American League wild-card spots after their 6-2 win Saturday.

The Twins (65-84) have been eliminated from postseason contention after winning the AL Central in the two previous seasons.

"Obviously, the postseason, that's what every player wants," Berrios said. "But I'd been having fun with the (Twins). ... But here, they have a lot of fun, too. So they made it easier for me to get here and try to get used to it because of the way they like to have fun out there. I've enjoyed it so far."

It might be an awkward situation facing former teammates. "But as soon as the action starts, all of that goes to the side and everyone tries to win," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "It'll be fun. I'm glad he's pitching."

Berrios left his start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with some tightness in the abdominal area, but Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Berrios is ready to start on Sunday.

The Twins are starting Luke Farrell (1-0, 1.31 ERA) on Sunday. The right-hander will be facing the Blue Jays for the first time.

The Blue Jays had lost their previous eight games to the Twins at the Rogers Centre dating to 2017 before their win on Saturday.

The Twins have won nine of the last 13 meetings with the Blue Jays overall.

Former Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit his 24th home run of the season for the Twins on Saturday.

It was his second homer of the series and the 65th of his career at Rogers Centre, passing Shawn Green for the seventh most by a player at the park.

Marcus Semien hit his career-best 40th homer of the season in the fourth inning Saturday. He is the fifth second baseman in major league history to reach that plateau. Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (46) are the fourth pair of Blue Jays teammates to reach 40 homers in the same season and the first since Jose Bautista and Donaldson (2015).

Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez lofted a three-run homer in the fourth on Saturday that scraped over the left-field wall. It was his 28th homer of the season. His 20 RBIs in September trail only teammate Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (26) for the most in the majors.

Nick Gordon started at shortstop for the Twins and was 1-for-3. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is unavailable for the series because of visa issues.

Toronto put right-hander Joakim Soria on the family medical emergency list and recalled Anthony Castro from Triple-A Buffalo.

--Field Level Media

Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Recap SEP 19TH 2021

Right-hander Jose Berrios held his former team to three runs, Bo Bichette hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday afternoon.

Berrios (12-8), making his first start against the Twins after they traded him to the Blue Jays on July 30, allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings. He also hit a batter.

He is 5-3 in 10 starts with the Blue Jays.

Jordan Romano pitched around a hit batsman in the ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays (84-65), who took the rubber match of the three-game series.

The Blue Jays are 15-3 in September and have moved into an American League wild card spot.

Ben Rortvedt hit a solo home run for the Twins (65-85).

The Blue Jays had seven straight one-out hits against right-hander Luke Farrell (1-1) in the five-run first inning. Guerrero had an RBI single, Bichette hit his 26th home run, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Breyvic Valera added RBI singles.

Nick Gordon hit a two-run double in the fourth. It scored Josh Donaldson, who had been hit by a pitch, and Miguel Sano, who had doubled.

Four Twins relievers combined to finish the game without allowing another Toronto run. Nick Vincent and Juan Minaya each pitched two-inning stints, with Minaya ringing up five strikeouts. Caleb Thiebar offered one runless inning and Danny Coulombe added two innings as Minnesota put together a bullpen game.

Rortvedt hit his third home run of the season with two out in the seventh inning and Berrios was replaced by Trevor Richards.

After ending the seventh with a popup, Richards struck out the side in the eighth.

The Blue Jays put left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (neck tightness) on the injured list Sunday and recalled left-hander Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo.

Twins outfielder Rob Refsnyder (right elbow impingement) was put on the IL and infielder Drew Maggi was promoted.

--Field Level Media

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