User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Twins (63-87) at Blue Jays (77-72)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: October 02, 2012 7:07 PM EDT
  

The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff race in the AL, but their matchup in the penultimate game of 2012 won't go totally unnoticed.

That's because Twins All-Star Joe Mauer has an outside chance of winning his fourth batting title, and he'll likely need a big game Tuesday night when he faces Blue Jays rookie Chad Jenkins for the first time.

Minnesota (66-94) is trying to avoid finishing with the worst record in the AL for the second straight year - it is one game behind Cleveland - after winning the Central Division in 2009 and 2010.

Advertisement

Obviously, not much has gone right for the Twins this season, but Mauer's comeback year has given their fans something to root for down the stretch.

After being limited to 82 games and hitting a career-low .287 in 2011, Mauer can set a career high for games if he plays Tuesday and Wednesday. That appears likely to happen, as he's hitting .322 and chasing Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (.329) in the race for the league's batting crown.

"He wants to be in there battling for it," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Mauer won batting titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

"He's pretty impressive," Gardenhire told the Twins' official website. "We've watched this for a number of years around here. He just continues on his pace. As I've said all along, people get frustrated with Joe if he's hitting just barely over .300. This guy, he's totally incredible. He can flat out hit."

Mauer went 1 for 5 on Monday as Toronto (71-89) won 6-5 on rookie outfielder Anthony Gose's walkoff single in the 10th inning. The Blue Jays, who tied the game in the ninth, have won five of eight while Minnesota has lost three in a row.

Mauer will now try to take advantage of the inexperienced Jenkins (0-3, 4.67 ERA), who is making his third career start.

The right-hander has a 4.15 ERA in dropping his first two after 10 relief appearances. A first-round draft pick in 2009, Jenkins had his contract purchased from Double-A New Hampshire on Aug. 5.

He'll be opposed by Anthony Swarzak (3-5, 4.91), who will get another opportunity to show the Twins he has what it takes to be a major league starter.

The right-hander will be making his fifth start of the year and 44th appearance overall as he takes the rotation spot of Samuel Deduno, who is out with irritation in his left eye.

Swarzak's four starts came in April and May, and he lost all of them while posting an 8.35 ERA. He has a 4.05 ERA as a reliever, pitching three scoreless innings in his only career appearance against Toronto on May 10.

In 27 career starts, Swarzak is 6-16 with a 5.74 ERA.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Twins at Blue Jays
Mon, Oct 1 Final 5 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Twins at Blue Jays
Tue, Oct 2 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Twins at Blue Jays
Wed, Oct 3 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIN         
 TOR         
BT MOVEMENTS

 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest