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Sports Twins bump Blue Jays back in wild card race, as Gurriel hurt

09:16  24 september  2021
09:16  24 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Gurriel hurt ; Blue Jays lose ground in race . Righty reliever Hatch also exits with injury. 26 minutes ago. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Blue Jays had a fifth inning to forget on Thursday night at Target Field, losing two players and a key game as the AL Wild Card race approaches the final week of the season. The early exit of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. with a right hand injury is just as worrying as the 7-2 loss to the Twins , with Gurriel playing some of the best baseball of his career in September.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Gordon drove in four runs and Michael Pineda won his third straight start as the Minnesota Twins beat Toronto 7-2 on Thursday night to bump the Blue Jays back in the AL wild-card race.

The loss was especially costly for Toronto, which fell a full game behind New York for the second spot and three games behind wild-card leader Boston. Left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. exited in the fifth inning after teammate Randal Grichuk accidentally stepped on his right hand in the outfield.

Blue Jays starter Steven Matz (13-8) lost for the first time in eight turns, finishing just three innings with seven hits and two walks allowed. He needed 80 pitches to get that far, and Toronto — with manager Charlie Montoyo serving a one-game suspension — turned the game over to the bullpen trailing 2-1.

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The Blue Jays took two of three games from the Twins last weekend in Toronto. Matz, who is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in two career starts against Minnesota, picked up the victory in a 6-2 decision on Saturday afternoon after Pineda, who is 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 15 career starts against the Blue Jays , pitched Minnesota to a 7-3 win in the Friday night series opener. The Jays fell 7-1 in a Wednesday afternoon game that saw the benches clear when Blue Jays reliever Ryan Borucki nailed Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier in the back with an eighth-inning pitch.

The wild card teams in each league face off in winner-take-all games for the chance to advance to the LDS against the top seeded division winner. Meanwhile, the remaining two division winners match up against one another in each league. If the post-season began today, these five American In striking distance In the American League, their series loss to the Rays means the Blue Jays are no longer in the post-season window but rather just outside of it, going from being up on the Yankees for the second wild - card spot heading into Wednesday’s action to being one win back of New York by night’s end.

Teoscar Hernández tied it in the fourth with his 30th homer off a first-pitch slider from Pineda, but the game unraveled for the Blue Jays in the fifth. Gordon greeted reliever Julian Merryweather with a three-run homer, but there was significant damage done just before that.

On a double by Mitch Garver — who was 3 for 4 with an RBI — to the gap, Grichuk grabbed the ball to make a quick throw to the infield to keep Josh Donaldson from scoring. As Gurriel crouched down to give him space, Grichuk's cleat landed on Gurriel's hand during the follow-through.

Blood was dripping from his middle finger as Grichuk knelt next to him, before a team athletic trainer arrived for assessment and heavily wrapped the hand in a towel before Gurriel walked off. The Blue Jays said X-rays revealed no breaks, but he needed two stitches.

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The wild card teams in each league face off in winner-take-all games for the chance to advance to the LDS against the top seeded division winner. Meanwhile, the remaining two division winners match up against one another in each league. If the post-season began today, these five American In striking distance In the American League, their series loss to the Rays means the Blue Jays are no longer in the post-season window but rather just outside of it, going from being up on the Yankees for the second wild - card spot heading into Wednesday’s action to being one win back of New York by night’s end.

The Yankees entered Wednesday a half game back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League's second wild card spot. The Yankees' exact positioning with regards to the Blue Jays and Red Sox matters for more than the obvious reasons: New York has nine games remaining on its schedule, and six of them will take place on the road against Boston and Toronto. The Yankees will then finish the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving them no easy victories the rest of the way.

Thomas Hatch, who replaced Matz for the fourth, exited with right hamstring discomfort in the fifth trailing 3-2 right before Gordon broke the game open with his fourth homer of the season.

WILD FINISH

Five teams are still within striking distance of the two wild cards. The Red Sox (88-65) and Yankees (86-67) were idle. Seattle (84-69) pulled within one game of Toronto (85-68) and two of New York by beating Oakland (82-71).

The Blue Jays play three more times at Minnesota this weekend, before returning home for their final six games — three against the Yankees and three against AL-worst Baltimore. New York plays a three-game series at Boston starting on Friday and concludes the regular season at home with a three-game series against AL East leader Tampa Bay.

MISSED CHANCES

The Blue Jays left 11 runners on base, one in each of the first eight innings. Corey Dickerson, who replaced Gurriel, was thrown out at home by left fielder Luis Arraez to end the sixth. George Springer lined out sharply to the pitcher with the bases loaded to end the eighth after Ralph Garza entered in relief for the Twins.

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The Yankees entered Wednesday a half game back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League's second wild card spot. Additionally, the Yankees were two games behind the Boston Red Sox for the top wild card spot. The Yankees will then finish the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving them no easy victories the rest of the way. Conversely, the Red Sox will play the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, while the Blue Jays attend to business versus the Minnesota Twins and Orioles.

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BIG MIKE

Pineda gave up eight hits, two runs and one walk in five innings. The right-hander, who can become a free agent this fall, also picked up the victory with three scoreless innings on Sept. 6 at Cleveland in his first career major league relief appearance.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Springer was the DH again, going 0 for 5 while still working his way back to full strength following a left knee sprain that kept him out from Aug. 15-29. He has not played CF since before the injury, which sent him to the injured list for a third time this season.

Twins: RF Max Kepler left the game in the fourth inning due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos (12-8, 3.45 ERA) will start on Friday night, facing his former team for the second time in less than a week. He beat the Twins with three runs allowed over 6 2/3 innings in Toronto on Sunday, but this will be his first time on the mound at Target Field as a visitor.

“It’s emotional, but it’s my work, so I have to go out and do my work,” said Berríos, who is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last five turns. He was honored before the game with a tribute video on the scoreboard and a hearty ovation from the crowd.

Twins: RHP Bailey Ober (2-3, 4.34 ERA) will pitch the second game of the series.

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