MINNEAPOLIS – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-point homer, Theoscar Hernandez homered for the second day in a row, and the Toronto Blue Jays took the Minnesota Twins to a 9-3 win.
Whit Merrifieldwho revealed earlier in the day that he was now vaccinated against COVID-19 and cleared to play in Canada had two hits in his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from Kansas City for two minor leaguers at the exchange deadline.
Toronto won for the 12th time in 15 games and got six scoring innings off Alec Manoa.
Manoa (12-5) allowed two runs on two hits but tied the season’s record with four walks. The first All-Star left his previous start due to a bruised elbow. He was hit to the right biceps by a returning player in the fourth inning for Minnesota’s first hit but remained in the game.
Gemini starter Sonny Gray there was also a know-hitter working in the middle of the innings before Cavan Biggio was a single with two outs in the fifth. Gray finished after five innings, giving up only one hit, but he passed a season-high five batters.
Emily Pagan (3-5) took over from Gray and allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits in the inning.
Hernandez sent Pagan’s offer to the end of the second deck in left field to start the sixth with three passes. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Merrifield added RBI singles. 22nd homer Guerrero finished eighth with six runs.
Blue Jays: George Springer returned as a designated hitter after missing three games with an elbow injury. Interim manager John Schneider said that Springer was “feeling better” and reviewed the list of items the team wanted to see before bringing him back to the roster. Schneider said the injury is something the team will likely have to deal with for the rest of the season.
Gemini: OF Kyle Garlick was listed as injured 10 days before the game with a bruised right chest. Garlick was injured when he hit the left field wall on July 29 in San Diego. Gilberto Celestino was reinstated from the paternity lists. … Manager Rocco Baldelli said it was possible. Max Kepler (fracture of the fifth toe of the right foot) may return to the line-up at the weekend. … Right side Jorge Alcala He underwent arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow on Wednesday and is expected to be ready for spring training next year.
RHP Tyler Male will make his Twins debut on Friday after being acquired by the deadline from Cincinnati for three prospects. Male was 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 games for the Reds. Toronto faces former Minnesota champion Jose Berrios (8-4, 4.96). Berrios has faced the Twins three times since the 2021 deal deadline, including early this season with seven innings and two runs.