Blue Jays 6, Twins 3

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TORONTO (AP)—Gustavo Chacin looked as good as he did last year.

Chacin made a strong first start, Jason Phillips hit a tiebreaking double and B.J. Ryan got his second save, leading the Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday night.

Chacin (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked one. The left-hander went 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in his rookie season.

“I don’t want to change anything,” Chacin said.

Toronto manager John Gibbons would like a repeat of last season too.

“He picked up right where he left off last year,” Gibbons said.

Ryan, signed to a $47 million, five-year contract—the richest ever for a reliever—entered in the ninth to loud cheers. He walked one and struck out one.

“It’s nice to be able to bring in your closer and sit back and relax,” Gibbons said.

Lyle Overbay tripled and hit an RBI single for the Blue Jays, who took two of three in the opening series. Despite all the big offseason additions to Toronto’s roster, attendance was just 16,221.

“We played a pretty good team that has a changed lineup,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We battled. We’re OK. I like how we competed here.”

Carlos Silva (0-1) allowed six runs—five earned—and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Silva walked two—his first game with more than one walk since Sept. 26, 2004 at Cleveland, a span of 28 starts.

“Nobody is perfect,” Silva said.

Silva dismissed manager Gardenhire’s suggestion that the World Baseball Classic kept him from pitching enough innings in spring training.

“Oh man, that question is getting old. Next question,” Silva said. “Forget about the World Classic. That’s old. I’m ready.”

Shannon Stewart led off the first with a double, advanced to second on a bunt and scored on Torii Hunter’s RBI grounder, but Overbay’s RBI single and Shea Hillenbrand’s sacrifice fly gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

After Nick Punto’s run-scoring single tied it in the fifth, Overbay hit a two-out triple in the sixth and scored on Phillips’ two-run double, which chased Silva.

Aaron Hill had a run-scoring infield single off Juan Rincon, and Frank Catalanotto walked with the bases loaded.

Phillips likely made his last start before he’s optioned to the minors to make room for catcher Gregg Zaun.

Phillips is a favorite of Gibbons, having played for him when Gibbons managed the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.

“All I read was that I was just a favor to Gibby that I’m on the team,” Phillips said. “It’s good if I can make good for Gibby.”

Mike Redmond knocked out Chacin with an RBI double in the seventh.


Toronto RHP A.J. Burnett allowed one run, three hits and two walks while striking out two in four innings during a rehab start for Class A Dunedin against Clearwater. Burnett has been sidelined with a sore elbow. He’s scheduled to make one more rehab start before being making his first start for Toronto on April 16. Burnett signed a $55 million, five-year contract during the offseason, three years after elbow surgery. … Toronto CF Vernon Wells robbed Justin Morneau of a hit with diving catch in the seventh.

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