Correia goes 3 hitless innings, Twins top Toronto

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Correia threw three hitless innings and a split squad of Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 Monday.

Correia, who was 9-13 last year, permitted just one walk.

“Trying to get command of all my pitches,” he said.

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ struggled, walking four and giving up a double and single while getting only one out.

Six Toronto pitchers combined for eight walks.

“Couldn’t throw strikes,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We were allergic to the strike zone today on the mound.”

He indicated Happ was not excessively wild.

“It wasn’t like he was scattered all over,” Gibbons said. “He was close. So, you got to keep it on the zone. Let them hit the ball. That’s the approach you got to have. looking for contact.”

Happ said he’s ready to put this outing behind him.

“Just anxious to get out there and do it again,” he said.

“I felt like I was making good pitches,” he said. “The ones they took were just off and I wasn’t as sharp with my fastball command as I need to be.”

Jermaine Mitchell homered for the Twins. He went 3 for 3 with a double and drove in four runs. Brian Dozier hit two doubles.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer for Toronto. He hit 36 homers last season.

“We don’t worry about Edwin,” Gibbons said.

The game featured the first review under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system.

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