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GDB 40.0: Blue Jays send Alek Manoah to the mound in rubber match against Twins

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Photo credit:Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Cam Lewis
2 months ago
After a thrilling comeback victory against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays are in a position to win their first series in nearly a month.
Alek Manoah will head to the mound for the Blue Jays for his second start of the season. The big man made his season debut for Toronto last weekend in their rubber match against the Washington Nationals and was tagged for six earned runs over four innings of work.
Going for the Twins will be right-hander Bailey Ober, who owns a 4.42 ERA over seven starts this season. Ober has been a very solid starter for Minnesota over the past few seasons, as he has a career ERA of 3.72 over 64 starts since breaking into the Majors during the 2021 season.
Ober faced the Blue Jays once in 2023 and allowed two earned runs over five innings in what wound up being a 3-0 loss. This will be Manoah’s first time facing the Twins since August of 2022. He held the Twins to two earned runs over six innings in a 9-3 victory.
Toronto’s lineup will look a little different on Sunday than it did in the first two games of this series. George Springer is back in the leadoff spot after missing the last couple of games due to an illness and Daniel Vogelbach is making his first start as the designated hitter since last weekend.

Location: Rogers Centre
First Pitch: 1:37 p.m. ET
TV & Radio: Sportsnet 

Starting Pitchers

Toronto — Alek Manoah: 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 13.50 ERA, 6 SO, 4 BB, 2 HR
Minnesota — Bailey Ober: 7 GS, 36 2/3 IP, 4.42 ERA, 35 SO, 8 BB, 5 HR

Lineups:

Blue Jays:
  • George Springer – RF
  • Daulton Varsho – CF
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B
  • Bo Bichette – SS
  • Davis Schneider – LF
  • Daniel Vogelbach – DH
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2B
  • Alejandro Kirk – C
  • Ernie Clement – 3B
Twins:
  • Eduard Julien – 2B
  • Trevor Larnach – DH
  • Carlos Corres – SS
  • Max Kepler – RF
  • Willi Castro – 3B
  • Alex Kirilloff – LF
  • Carlos Santana – 1B
  • Christian Vasquez – C
  • Austin Martin – CF

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