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Twins ground Jays
Blue Jays fall short
Frank Thomas connected on career homer No. 494 on Friday night at the Metrodome, but the Blue Jays dropped their series opener against the Twins. Alex Rios went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and Matt Stairs knocked a two-run single in the first.
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Twins 4, Blue Jays 3
Michael Cuddyer rounds third after hitting his sixth homer of the season on Friday night. (Jim Mone/AP)
Series at a glance:
Twins take opener
Torii Hunter's RBI single in the seventh inning proved to be the difference on Friday as the Twins took the opener vs. the Jays. Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth homer, and closer Joe Nathan picked up his 10th save in 11 tries.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: May 25, 2007
TOR
Toronto (21-26)
Lost 1
Minnesota 4, Toronto 3   MIN
Minnesota (23-24)
Won 3
May 25, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Toronto
2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   3 8 1
Minnesota
1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 X   4 10 0
Standings thru 5/25/07  |  Gameday  |  Blue Jays Stats  |  Twins Stats
TorontoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rios, RF4130100.299
Overbay, 1B4010113.254
Wells, CF3100104.266
Glaus, 3B4000013.275
Thomas, DH3111111.228
Stairs, LF3012101.311
Hill, 2B4000012.274
Phillips, C3010010.259
  a-Lind, PH1010000.221
Clayton, SS4000012.243
Totals333835616 

a-Singled for Phillips in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Thomas (7, 6th inning off Baker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Rios 3; Overbay; Thomas 4; Stairs; Phillips; Lind.
RBI: Stairs 2 (13), Thomas (20).
2-out RBI: Stairs 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hill; Wells; Overbay.
GIDP: Clayton.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
CS: Stairs (1, 2nd base by Guerrier/Redmond).

FIELDING
E: Downs (1, fielding).
DP: (Hill-Clayton-Overbay).
Pickoffs: Phillips (Redmond at 1st base).

 
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B3320100.336
Cirillo, 3B3000002.196
Cuddyer, RF4122012.274
Morneau, 1B4011011.282
Hunter, CF4011001.314
Redmond, C4020012.312
Kubel, DH3010101.254
Ford, LF3010001.226
Punto, SS4000005.224
Totals3241042315 

BATTING
2B: Redmond (8, Litsch).
HR: Cuddyer (6, 5th inning off Litsch, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Castillo 2; Cuddyer 5; Morneau; Hunter; Redmond 3; Kubel; Ford.
RBI: Morneau (34), Cuddyer 2 (31), Hunter (41).
2-out RBI: Morneau; Hunter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Redmond.
S: Cirillo.
GIDP: Punto.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
PO: Redmond (1st base by Phillips).

FIELDING
DP: (Punto-Castillo-Morneau).

 
TorontoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Litsch 4.18331014.24
Tallet 1.21000203.14
Downs (L, 1-1)0.21101102.60
Frasor 1.10000005.09
 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Baker 5.15334213.29
Guerrier (W, 1-1)1.21000101.82
Neshek (H, 4)1.00001101.21
Nathan (S, 10)1.02000202.11

HBP: Ford (by Litsch).
Pitches-strikes: Litsch 89-56, Tallet 24-17, Downs 17-8, Frasor 22-16, Baker 92-61, Guerrier 13-10, Neshek 18-8, Nathan 24-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Litsch 7-5, Tallet 1-2, Downs 1-0, Frasor 1-3, Baker 8-6, Guerrier 1-2, Neshek 0-2, Nathan 0-1.
Batters faced: Litsch 21, Tallet 6, Downs 5, Frasor 4, Baker 24, Guerrier 5, Neshek 4, Nathan 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Frasor 2-0, Guerrier 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Adam Dowdy. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Larry Poncino.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:54.
Att: 26,781.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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