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These Twin City Kisses Sound Like Clicks and Hisses: 7/23 Game Thread: Twins at Blue Jays

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Monday, July 23 - Toronto, Ontario
7:07 PM (EDT)

Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo 2b
Jason Bartlett ss
Joe Mauer c
Justin Morneau 1b
Torii Hunter cf
Jason Kubel lf
Rondell White dh
Jason Tyner rf
Nick Punto 3b

Pitching: Johan Santana, LHP


Toronto Blue Jays

Reed Johnson lf
Alexis Rios rf
Troy Glaus 3b
Vernon Wells cf
Frank Thomas dh
Aaron Hill 2b
Matt Stairs 1b
Curtis Thigpen c
Royce Clayton ss

Pitching: Shaun Marcum, RHP


After taking the series from Seattle behind some extraordinary work from Doc and a sudden offensive outburst, the Blue Jays welcome the Minnesota Twins to town for a 3-game series.

Toronto's pitchers have not allowed a run for 22 innings and Shaun Marcum will hope to extend that tonight after a hard luck start last time out, in which he pitched great through 6 innings, only to sputter in the 7th after his offense could not do a thing against the Yankees pitching. Overall, Marcum is 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA since he became a starter 13 starts ago.

Facing him will be a fellow whose name makes him sound like he should be shredding spanish-infused guitar whilst yodeling.

Lyle Overbay, who has quite an unimpressive record against Santana (1-11 with 8 Ks), sits for Matt Stairs (who also does but at least has a HR), while Curtis Thigpen, fresh up from 'Cuse, makes his first start for the Jays behind the dish. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing him behind the plate.

For my part, I can't wait to tune in and see if the Jays can pull it out! And now that I've finished the last Harry Potter book, I might as well tune in...