MINNEAPOLIS -- Toronto is nearly 2,000 miles away from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where Twins pitcher Andrew Albers grew up. But there was still something special for the left-hander when he got to face the Blue Jays -- Canada's only major league team -- on Sunday at Target Field.
Just before Albers took the mound for his seventh career big league start, he got to hear the words of "O Canada" belted over the stadium's speakers. He noticed the numerous Blue Jays jerseys in the crowd, as well as a few Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL football jerseys. And even though the Toronto faithful were rooting for the other team, they still gave their fellow Canadian a round of applause when his name was announced.
"That was nice. A lot of them were cognizant of the fact that I'm Canadian," Albers said. "It's always nice to get that kind of applause from your countrymen. They appreciate what you're doing here. That's always a good feeling."
Albers eventually gave Twins fans plenty of reasons t...