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“We couldn’t throw strikes. We didn’t pitch good all series,” he said. “It’s cold, all right. It’s cold for both sides. If you’re ever going to get to September or October in the playoffs, it’s going to be cold.”

Kyle Gibson (3-0) beat the Blue Jays in the first game, the coldest start, 31 degrees, for an outdoor game in Twins history. The young righty breezed through a Toronto lineup that totaled 20 runs in the previous two games.

The veteran Dickey didn’t handle the cold nearly as well.

“I’m traditionally a slow starter so hopefully I can get on track next time. The conditions weren’t a big deal for me today. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t something where I was coming in trying to soak my fingers in warm water to keep them warm. I just didn’t execute when I needed to make a big pitch, and they put good swings on it,” said Dickey, who’s ERA rose to 6.26.

Despite this dud, Dickey has pitched six-plus innings in two of his four starts.

After wintry weather forced postponement of Wednesday’s game, workers scrambled all morning to melt snow and ice from the seating areas, and the grounds crew dried the warning track.

It would have been better for the Blue Jays if the game was snowed out again.

“I’m sure once we get on the plane we’ll talk about it a little bit,” Santos said. “But once we land in Cleveland, it’s all Cleveland.”

NOTES: Dickey is 1-3 with a 6.58 ERA in six career starts against the Twins. … For the first time in 15 games this season, Blue Jays LF Melky Cabrera failed to get a hit. … Bautista is hitting .336 with 20 home runs in 39 career games against the Twins.