The Blue Jays are taking batting practice as I write this. And it's ridiculous.

If you are are a fan in the lower level of the left field stands, you have no chance at getting a ball. Everything is in the second deck or off the facade of the third deck. I was having a conversation with Corey Provus and we kept interrupting each other to watch another blast go second deck. Fans are reacting. It's impressive.

How is Pat Dean going to stop this Jays offense? The rookie lefthander is making his first major league start, and it's a tough matchup. Anything out over the plate can get bashed out of the park. And if he tries to work the outside corners, they can take him deep to the opposite field with no problem.

But Dean had a little practice against Detroit on Monday when he pitched 5.1 solid innings in relief of Jose Berrios. He had to shut down dangerous righthander hitters in that lineup, and wasn't afraid to pitch inside. He'll have to do the same today.

``You've got to keep them off balance,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``Keep them guessing.''

Easier said than done. 

Joe Mauer is getting a day off today because lefthander J.A. Happ is on the mound for the Blue Jays. With the Twins scheduled to face righthanded starters over the next several days, Molitor felt this was the right time to give Mauer a day off.


Blue Jays

Jose Bautista, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Michael Saunders, LF
Russell Martin, C
Kevin Pillar, CF
Darwin Barney, 2B

J.A. Happ, LHP

Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Miguel Sano, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Byung Ho Park, 1B
Robbie Grossman, LF
Darin Mastroianni, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Danny Santana, CF

Pat Dean,  LHP 

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