Blue Jays Edge Twins 5-4
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Kevin Pillar singled home the winning run in the ninth and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Monday night.
Jose Reyes had a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth but recovered to avoid their first three-game skid since May 9-11.
Dioner Navarro drew a leadoff walk from Matt Guerrier and was replaced by pinch-runner Erik Kratz. Anthony Gose struck out trying to bunt and Casey Fien came on to face Reyes, who singled. Pillar followed with a single to right, and Kratz slid home headfirst ahead of the throw from Oswaldo Arcia.
Casey Janssen got the win after blowing his second save.
Morales Makes His Debut
TORONTO (AP) — Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales made his debut for the Minnesota Twins last night
Morales was in the starting lineup Monday night against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Morales was batting sixth as the designated hitter and finished 1 for 3 with a walk, plus a single in the 9th that sparked the Twins tying rally.
Morales signed a one-year, prorated contract Sunday. He hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs with Seattle last season, and had been working out in Miami while waiting to join a team.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Morales sent him a message through a coach after the team arrived in Toronto on Sunday night saying he wanted to play.
"He's been swinging, he's been facing pitchers down there, so it's not like it's just cold turkey," Gardenhire said. "He's not coming out of a hospital bed."
In 620 career games, the first baseman/DH has 102 home runs and 345 RBIs.
Baltimore 4, Boston 0
Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 5
Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 0
Cleveland 17, Texas 7
Toronto 5, Minnesota 4
Angels of Anaheim 4, Oakland 1
New York Yankees at Kansas City, postponed
Pittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 2
Atlanta 3, Colorado 1
Los Angeles 6, Cincinnati 2
Washington 9, San Francisco 2
Houston 4, Arizona 3
Twins sign 1st-round pick shortstop Nick Gordon
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed shortstop Nick Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the first-year player draft.
The deal was finalized Monday, four days after the Twins took Gordon out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. Gordon will start his career in Tennessee with the Elizabethton Twins, the rookie-level team in the Appalachian League that starts its season June 19.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Gordon is a left-handed hitter with a strong arm who batted .494 as a senior for Olympia with 17 extra-base hits, 13 steals and 27 RBIs in 99 plate appearances.
The 18-year-old Gordon is the son of Tom Gordon, a three-time All-Star pitcher who played for eight major league teams over 21 seasons.