Twins At Toronto Series Preview

Cool streak awaits the Twins across the border

Three-Game Series At Rogers Centre

Friday, 6:07 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-10, 6.66 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (6-9, 3.90)

Saturday, 12:07 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.84) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 5.07)

Sunday, 12:07 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-10, 5.76) vs. TBA


The Twins are 23-56 over the past 11 seasons vs. the Blue Jays and 9-28 in Toronto, having won the season series only once since 2006. They are 41-75 all-time at Rogers Centre. … They have given up at least eight runs their past five games at Toronto and haven’t won there since June 11, 2014, going 0-7 the past two seasons. … The Blue Jays visit Target Field for four games Sept. 14-17. … Colon is 11-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 27 career starts vs. Toronto. He gave up three runs over five innings vs. the Blue Jays while pitching for Atlanta on May 15. … The Twins are without 3B Miguel Sano (shin), C Jason Castro (concussion) and OF Robbie Grossman (thumb). … All MLB teams will wear special “Players Weekend” uniforms and caps this weekend, with nicknames on the back and restrictions on shoe and equipment colors lifted.


The Blue Jays (60-67) have lost five of six and have not been above .500 at any point this year. … They are 34-29 at home, despite being outscored by 41 runs there. They are 7-11 vs. AL Central teams. … They are without SS Troy Tulowitzki (ankle) and C Russell Martin (oblique), among nine players on the disabled list. … IF Josh Donaldson is a career .382 hitter vs. the Twins, with 13 homers in 33 games. … 1B Justin Smoak ranks tied for fourth in the AL in home runs (34), eighth in RBI (81) and second in slugging percentage (.566). … RHP Joe Biagini, who limited Pawtucket to two runs over seven innings Tuesday for Class AAA Buffalo, reportedly is a candidate to start Sunday. So is RHP Nick Tepesch, who gave up seven runs in 1⅔ innings against Boston in his only start for the Twins in May. Tepesch, who has a 5.14 ERA in three starts for the Blue Jays, has been on paternity leave but is expected back this weekend.

Phil Miller