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Wednesday, October 3rd (All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (66-95) at Toronto Blue Jays (72-89), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Scott Diamond (12-8, 3.54) Toronto - Brandon Morrow (9-7, 3.09)
(Sports Network) - Former first-round draft choice Brandon Morrow can get to double-digit wins for the third straight time as a full-time starter Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays close out the regular season with the finale of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre.
A 28-year-old from California, Morrow was the fifth overall pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2006 and debuted as a reliever a year later, making 60 appearances and posting a 4.12 earned run average across 63 1/3 innings.
He started five times in 45 games with the Mariners in 2008 and 10 times in 26 appearances with Seattle in 2009 before heading to Toronto and winning 10 times in 26 starts with the Blue Jays in 2010.
Morrow was an 11-game winner in 30 starts last season and got to nine wins this season on Sept. 27 with seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball against the New York Yankees - in a 6-0 Toronto triumph.
He's 1-1 with two saves and two holds in seven career meetings with Minnesota while posting a 6.10 ERA striking out 13 batters and allowing a .238 opposition batting average in 10 1/3 innings.
For the Twins, Canadian-born lefty Scott Diamond makes his first career appearance in his native Ontario.
The 26-year-old, a veteran of 33 starts across parts of two seasons, made his lone appearance against the Blue Jays on May 13 in Minnesota and emerged with a 4-3 win after allowing five hits in seven scoreless innings.
Diamond got his 12th victory of the season two starts ago in Detroit after allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings of a 10-4 win, then got a no- decision in Minnesota's 4-2 defeat of the Tigers five days later.
In 12 road games this season, Diamond is 6-3 with a 3.72 ERA.
On Tuesday, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer and Yunel Escobar and Rajai Davis each drove in a run as the Blue Jays edged the Twins, 4-3.
Chad Jenkins (1-3) earned his first major league win after giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over five-plus innings.
Casey Janssen stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season.
"I don't think anyone wants to coast to the finish line, whether it is pride, or if its whatever motivates you. I feel like we owe it to everyone to give it everything we got," Janssen said.
Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and Alexi Casilla added an RBI double for the Twins, who have dropped four straight.
Anthony Swarzak (3-6) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings.
The teams split a four-game series in May in Minnesota, their only previous meeting of the 2012 season. The Blue Jays won five of six games between the teams in 2011 and haven't lost the season series since 2005.
10/03 10:20:29 ET
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