(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays will try to replicate a stellar
performance when they meet up with the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on
A brilliant pitching performance from Mark Buehrle and another blast from Jose
Bautista lifted the Blue Jays to a 4-0 win in the first game of this series
Buehrle pitched seven scoreless innings and did not walk a batter to earn his
fifth win of the season and stop a three-game losing streak for the Blue Jays.
Bautista, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run while Jose Reyes
also went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI.
Brian Dozier and Oswaldo Arcia each went 2-for-4 for the Twins but the rest of
the team was a combined 3-for-26. Kevin Correia allowed all for Blue Jays'
runs on 10 hits in his six innings of work. The Twins have lost six straight
games and have yet to earn a win in July.
Getting back on the mound for the first time since going on the DL in mid-June
will be Mike Pelfrey when he gets the start for Minnesota on Saturday.
Pelfrey was placed on the DL on June 23, retroactive to June 19, with a back
strain. The Twins are really hoping that Pelfrey can bounce back from the
injury as well as his rough start to the season on Saturday.
The 29-year-old is just 3-6 with a 6.11 ERA on the campaign. Before the
injury, Pelfrey had begun to at least show some signs of promise as he allowed
three runs in three of his four starts. However, in his most recent start,
Pelfrey gave up four runs while surrendering a season-high 10 hits in a no-
decision against the White Sox.
The no-decision marked the eighth straight start in which Pelfrey either took
a loss or did not factor in the outcome.
This start marks the first ever appearance for Pelfrey against Toronto.
Toronto will answer with their ace as R.A. Dickey gets the ball on Saturday.
Dickey certainly hasn't lived up to the expectations that were put on his
shoulders this season after his NL Cy Young season a year ago. However, Dickey
has still been the Blue Jays' best pitcher.
The knuckleballer's 8-8 record and 4.59 ERA are both the best of any starter
for the Blue Jays while his 82 strikeouts are also a team-high.
The last month has been a promising time for Dickey as he has racked up four
wins in his six starts since the beginning of June and has allowed two runs or
fewer in four of those outings. Dickey has still shown some weakness in that
stretch though, as he allowed 13 total runs in the other two starts of that
Dickey has yet to face Minnesota this season, but is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in
seven games (3 starts).
Toronto went 5-2 against Minnesota last season.
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