The Toronto Blue Jays seek an opening series sweep of the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto seeks an opening series sweep of the Minnesota Twins Sunday

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The Minnesota Twins kick off the regular season north of the border against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre

Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off the 2011 season by hosting the Minnesota Twins

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The third game of this crucial AL Central series may be a low-scoring affair based on some critical numbers.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

Chicago will try to bounce back from its first loss in nearly two weeks, after committing four errors in a 7-4 loss last night to Minnesota.  The White Sox have still one 26 of their last 32 games, but have fallen to 3-4 in the season series against their division rivals.  Six of the seven games between the two foes have been decided by a single run.  The club is 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 23-20 away from U.S. Cellular Field on the season (+660).  In 12 July games, Chicago stands at 10-2 (+930) and the total is 5-7 O/U.

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The division rivals are both in a good spot to light up the scoreboard at Comerica Park.

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Minnesota has dropped 12 of its last 17 games after dropping a 7-3 road game to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.  “Silly baserunning, getting picked off in bad situations, and we kind of nonchalanted a bung play there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.  “Those things just can’t happen in a big game like this.”  The Twins still lead the season series 6-4 and are 19-11 against the division (+340).  Minnesota has dropped eight of 10 on the road and could be without the services of first baseman Justin Morneau for a third straight games, as he suffered a mild concussion by getting kneed in the head on Wednesday.  Outfielder Denard Span may be asked to lead the offense, as he’s hitting .350 against the Tigers this season and his 65 career hits against them are his most versus any opponent.

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The Tigers send their ace to the mound in the opening game of a crucial AL Central series at Comerica Park.

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Minnesota will be happy to leave Toronto and AL East opponents, dropping to 9-15 against the division with a 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays last night.  “We know they are a home run hitting team and you have to make pitches,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.  “We didn’t make very many of them tonight.”  The Twins continue their road trip and hope to improve upon its 19-10 divisional record (+440) against the Tigers.  First baseman Justin Morneau hopes to return to the lineup after sitting out with a mild concussion due to getting kneed in the head on Wednesday night.  “He wasn’t feeling very good. We’ll see how he does today,” Gardenhire said.  The club has seen its games post a 5-1 O/U mark this month and 32-22 O/U the last three years in July.

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We learned  couple of things from the Home Run Derby tonight – it can incredibly entertaining, and the overall format is flawed. Watching Josh Hamilton’s tour de force was one of the coolest things I have done in a long while. The problem, though, is that no one cared about the result after that all happened. Justin Morneau is a fellow Canadian, and I am proud of him for coming through, but he didn’t deserve to win, and no one cares that he does. Instead of making it a three round contest like it is which just tires out batters and pitchers and rarely builds to a dramatic finish, it is time they tweak it a bit. They should invite a few more guys to participate, give each guy a few more outs, and just have one round. It didn’t matter what happened after Hamilton did his thing, so the format should be such that he didn’t have to do anything. The way it is now, Morneau hit fewer home runs in three rounds than Hamilton did in one, and he still won.

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