After mowing down a potent lineup to earn his first career shutout, Toronto Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez may have a good chance for another gem against the major league-worst Minnesota Twins.
Alvarez looks to help the Blue Jays continue their recent domination of the Twins as the teams open a four-game set Thursday night at Target Field.
Five days after throwing six-plus innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win over Seattle, Alvarez (2-2, 2.83 ERA) proved even more impressive in Friday's 4-0 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The 22-year-old right-hander went the distance, allowing six hits and a walk and throwing 71 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
"He's got confidence," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Even if he's got two men on base, he's always a pitch away from slowing down any damage with a ground ball. We saw his overall composure last year in the 10 starts he made for us, and it continues right now."
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