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Minnesota vs. Toronto,
08/04/2015 19:07 EDT,
Score: 1 - 3
Money Line: -166 Toronto
This is an 8* play on the Toronto Blue #Jays.
Toronto has put the rest of the American League on notice, making a huge statement at the trade deadline. If the fact that the Jays picked up Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere and David Price didn't make the Yankees nervous, watching them take 3-of-4 in a series with the Royals certainly would have. The Jays handed the Twins a 5-1 loss in yesterday's series opener, and they'll face former Yankee Phil Hughes in Game 2 at Rogers Center tonight.
Hughes (10-6, 4.11 ERA) allowed more home runs than any other pitcher in the major leagues during his time with the Yankees. Many of those came off the bats of New York's division rival Toronto. This will be his first start versus the Jays this season, and he is 1-3 with a 5.90 ERA in his last six trips to Rogers Center. The southpaw surrendered five runs on 10 hits and a pair of home runs in just five innings in a home win over the Mariners his last time out. He might not be so fortunate here on the road, where the Twins have lost eight of their last 10.
The Jays hand the ball to Marco Estrada, who has been solid at home in Toronto. Estrada (8-6, 3.53 ERA) allowed a pair of runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in a home win over the Royals his last time out. He's 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA in eight starts at home, and the Jays are 4-1 in his last five home starts.
Josh Donaldson leads the American League with 77 RBIs, and he batted in a pair of runs in the win over the Twins yesterday.