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BAL@MIN: Pelfrey holds Orioles scoreless over three

After the Twins' 7-0 victory in Game 1, Minnesota and Toronto are set to complete their doubleheader Thursday night, after their Wednesday game was postponed because of bitterly cold weather and the chance of snow.

First-pitch temperature of the Thursday afternoon contest was 31 degrees Fahrenheit, which marked the coldest outdoor game in Minnesota baseball history. Twins starter Kyle Gibson didn't seem to be affected by the cold, tossing eight shutout frames. R.A. Dickey, on the other hand, gave up five runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

"Hands start stinging when you're a hitter," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of playing in the extreme cold. "It's also tougher to grip the ball and throw it when you're a pitcher, so I don't know. It's not baseball weather, but both teams have to play; someone has to win and lose. Can't let it distract you. ... Doesn't usually make for good baseball, I'll tell you that. It turns into almost survival."

Pelfrey was originally supposed to be matched up with Dickey, but he'll now pitch the nightcap against the Blue Jays' Dustin McGowan. Pelfrey, who carries an 0-2 record and 7.82 ERA into the game, gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks over five-plus innings against the A's on Thursday, struggling with pitch location in a 6-1 loss.

The Twins are hoping Pelfrey will have a bounce-back year -- the 30-year-old is a full season removed from Tommy John surgery in 2012. One area of improvement Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has identified for the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder is his pace on the mound.

"We can't throw the ball for him," said Gardenhire. "We can run to the mound as many times as you want to and tell him to throw the ball over the plate: 'Make them swing the bat.' But ultimately, it gets to the guy with the ball in his hand. He's got to do that. Pelfrey is a veteran. He's got to know to attack the plate and throw it over. He'll be the first to tell you."

For his part, Pelfrey agrees.

"It's something I always have in my head -- I try to work fast," Pelfrey said. "But if you're walking guys and you have a lot of guys on base, it's tough. But it's something I'll continue to try to get better at."

Twins: Arcia gets cortisone shot in wrist
Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 5) with a sprained right wrist, received a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday. Arcia, who originally sustained the injury taking batting practice in the cages during the first series of the year in Chicago, is expected to rest his wrist for the next few days.

"We'll let that settle in for the next couple days and then test it out," said Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. "It's still a little inflamed and a little sore. So hopefully that'll take care of that."

Blue Jays: Reyes could join team by Saturday
Shortstop Jose Reyes plans to rejoin the ballclub in Cleveland. Reyes was originally expected to be activated for Friday's game against the Indians, but the Blue Jays will instead wait another day.

Reyes remained at the club's Minor League complex in Florida on Thursday, and he will go through a light workout on Friday before traveling to Cleveland later that night.

"We heard the weather is supposed to be [bad] Friday night, so the plan as of right now is to bring him back hopefully for Saturday's game instead of tomorrow," Gibbons said. "That way, you won't have a night game and then a day game, and you [won't] have to play him two games in 24 hours."

Worth noting
• Joe Mauer has reached base safely in each of his last 15 games against the Blue Jays after walking and singling twice in Thursday's first game. The streak dates back to Oct. 3, 2010.

• The Twins entered Wednesday leading the AL in walks (59), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.340) and third in runs scored (67).

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