MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are usually one of the
toughest teams to beat at home. For one weekend, the Toronto Blue
Jays had no problems doing it.
The Twins were 101-61 at the Metrodome over the past two
seasons, but were swept at home for just the third time since the
beginning of the 2001 season.
"That's not the norm here,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"We expect to win at home. Teams don't come in here and get us
Lidle (1-1) kept the Twins hitters in their season-opening
slump, while Delgado led the offensive charge against Twins starter
Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his second of
the season, and added a two-run single in a four-run third. He was
5-for-9 with six RBI in the final two games of the series.
"I've felt good yesterday and today,'' Delgado said. "The
first few games I've been jumpy.''
Lidle allowed one run on six hits over seven innings, striking
out seven. Minnesota has scored just 20 runs in six games and is
batting .242 as a team.
The Blue Jays swept a three-game series at the Metrodome for the
first time since 1993, the second of their consecutive World Series
"The most important thing was to win the series and get us out
of here on a higher note,'' Lidle said. The Blue Jays rebounded
from a season-opening sweep at home by the New York Yankees.
Radke (1-1), sharp in his first start at Detroit, was hit hard,
giving up eight runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. The eight
earned runs tied Radke's career high, set four times previously --
the last against Boston on July 6, 2000.
"I didn't throw any good pitches,'' Radke said. "The ones I
did throw were the ones they took.''
With the Minnesota bullpen taxed after its top four relievers
combined to pitch seven innings Saturday, the Twins needed a strong
start from Radke -- and didn't get it.
Delgado jumped on a hanging breaking ball with one on and two
outs in the first inning, sending it over the center-field fence.
Radke then allowed the first five Blue Jays to reach base in the
third. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases before he walked
Vernon Wells on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.
"With veterans like Radke and (Saturday starter Kenny) Rogers,
you have to get on them early,'' Wells said. "If you let them
settle in, it'll be over.''
Frank Catalanotto's two-run double in the fourth chased Radke,
who was replaced by Juan Rincon.
Gomez's RBI single in the sixth accounted for Minnesota's only
The Twins' game Monday at Yankee Stadium was postponed
because of a forecast of heavy snow in New York. The Yankees' home
opener was pushed back to Tuesday. ... Minnesota placed RHP Mike Fetters on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring
and recalled Rincon from Triple-A Rochester. Rincon retired 15 of
16 hitters and struck out a career-high six in five innings of
relief. ... Toronto catcher Myers was shaken up in the fourth
inning when Lidle's pitch bounced in front of the plate and hit him
in the neck, but he stayed in the game. ... The Twins gave
struggling outfielder Torii Hunter (3-for-21) the day off and used
Jacque Jones as the DH after he turned his left ankle in the ninth
inning Saturday. Bobby Kielty played left, Dustan Mohr started in
center and Michael Cuddyer started in right. ... Gomez made his
first start at shortstop for the Twins. ... Wells has at least one
RBI in each of the Blue Jays' first six games. ... Lidle lost to
the Yankees in his Toronto debut last Tuesday.