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Blue Jays' Burnett steals show from Twins rookie

CBS wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Garza was anxious in his highly anticipated pitching debut, and the best hitting team in the majors took advantage.

Reed Johnson and John McDonald hit two-run homers, and the Toronto Blue Jays spoiled Garza's big day by beating the Minnesota Twins 7-1 Friday night.

"It was a little more than I expected," Garza said. "I tried to play it calm, but I couldn't play it calm enough.

"I was a little nervous and a little excited. Hopefully I can control it next time."

Garza's night started out perfectly. He struck out Johnson on three pitches to begin the game and received a standing ovation.

But Frank Catalanotto followed with an infield single, Troy Glaus walked with two outs and Lyle Overbay drove in both runners with a double to make it 2-0.

"Basically, it was a one-pitch pitcher that ended up throwing a lot of fastballs," said manager Ron Gardenhire, after watching his rookie lose control of his curveball and slider. "You can tell he was a little over-amped."

It got worse for Garza (0-1) in the second when Toronto had five hits, including a two-run homer from Johnson and an RBI single from Glaus that made it 5-0.

"Leave the ball up, no matter if you throw 100 miles per hour or 88, it's going to get hit a mile," Garza said.

A.J. Burnett was able to keep his pitches down and strike out a season-high 10 as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games.

"Their guy was unbelievable," Gardenhire said of Burnett.

A day after Toronto beat the Twins 5-0, Burnett (4-5) held them scoreless for 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits. Jason Bartlett hit an RBI double for the Twins' run.

"That kid had good stuff and if we wouldn't have gotten to him early he'd have lasted a lot longer," Burnett added. "The offense jumped ahead and I just tried to throw up zeros."

McDonald hit a two-run shot off Garza in the third to end the rookie's night. Garza allowed eight hits and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. All seven runs scored with two outs, but despite the poor showing players on both sides spoke positively about Garza.

"We're a good hitting team, but he's got everything," Johnson said. "He's going to be a good pitcher. You can just see it in him."


  • Minnesota has dropped four straight home games, and six of eight, after going 24-2 over their previous 26 home games.
  • In five starts this season for Triple-A Rochester of the International League, Garza was 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 34 innings.
  • Twins cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer broke an 0-for-12 slide with a double in the second innings.
  • Burnett is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his last two starts.
  • Toronto improved to 43-19 when scoring first.
  • The Blue Jays are 4-1 against the Twins this season, and have outscored them 18-4 in the last three games.
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Minnesota's Matt Garza allows eight hits and seven runs in a brief, inauspicious debut.  (AP)
Minnesota's Matt Garza allows eight hits and seven runs in a brief, inauspicious debut. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Burnett
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 10

J. McDonald
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF5112010
Frank Catalanotto, LF4220100
Vernon Wells, CF5010012
Troy Glaus, 3B3111110
Lyle Overbay, 1B4012002
Eric Hinske, DH3000111
Bengie Molina, C4110011
Aaron Hill, 2B4000002
John McDonald, SS4222000
2B - Lyle Overbay (, Garza), Bengie Molina (, Eyre)
HR - Reed Johnson (, Garza), John McDonald (, Garza)
RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (), Troy Glaus (), Lyle Overbay 2 (), John McDonald 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (), Troy Glaus (), Lyle Overbay 2 (), John McDonald 2 ()
Team LOB - 5
DP - Burnett-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,-) 76112100
Jeremy Accardo 1000000
Scott Schoeneweis 1000000
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 111-80, Jeremy Accardo 7-6, Scott Schoeneweis 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-5, Jeremy Accardo 1-2, Scott Schoeneweis 3-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Jeremy Accardo 3, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B3000122
Jason Tyner, LF4000011
Joe Mauer, C3010100
Michael Cuddyer, RF3010012
    Lew Ford, RF1000000
Justin Morneau, 1B4000023
Torii Hunter, CF4000012
Jason Kubel, DH4010021
Luis Rodriguez, 3B3120001
Jason Bartlett, SS3011012
2B - Michael Cuddyer (, Burnett), Jason Kubel (, Burnett), Luis Rodriguez (, Burnett), Jason Bartlett (, Burnett)
RBI - Jason Bartlett ()
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett ()
Team LOB - 6
Minnesota Twins
Matt Garza (L,-) 2.2877222
Willie Eyre 3.1100110
Dennys Reyes 1000010
Jesse Crain 2000010
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 67-42, Willie Eyre 44-29, Dennys Reyes 13-8, Jesse Crain 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 3-3, Willie Eyre 2-7, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Jesse Crain 3-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 18, Willie Eyre 12, Dennys Reyes 3, Jesse Crain 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31814
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Bruce Froemming