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Toronto Blue Jays Team Report - April 28

Postby WebHamster » Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:01 pm

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays try to rebound from Tuesday's setback, as they play the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of a three-game series at the Metrodome.

The Blue Jays were handed a 7-4 loss last night after winning the series opener on Monday behind a strong pitching performance from Ted Lilly.

However, Toronto collapsed in the late innings on Tuesday to have their winning streak halted at three games. Miguel Batista pitched seven-plus solid innings for Toronto, but his bullpen let him down. Batista permitted two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three.

Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer during a four-run ninth inning, as Minnesota rallied for the win.

Reed Johnson had three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays. Carlos Delgado added two hits and an RBI while Kevin Cash scored two runs in the loss.

In the ninth Toronto led 4-3 and Justin Speier tried to earn the save. Hunter smacked an RBI single to tie the contest at 4-4. Jones then followed with a three-run homer to deep left field to win the game for Minnesota.

The blast made a winner out of Juan Rincon (3-0), who threw two scoreless innings. Speier (1-2) was the loser after permitting four runs on four hits over just two-thirds of an inning.

The Blue Jays send Justin Miller to the hill tonight for his first major league appearance of the season. Miller began the season with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse and compiled a 1-1 record with a 2.16 ERA in three starts.

Last season, Miller had 18 starts and seven relief appearances with the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old righthander was 9-5 with a 5.54 earned run average in those games.

Miller has never faced the Twins in his brief career.

The Twins and Blue Jays split six meetings last season, but Minnesota has won 10 of the last 11 in the series.
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