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TOR@DET: Happ fans two in fifth win of the season

The emergence of left-handed starter J.A. Happ is one of the reasons for the early success of the Blue Jays this season.

Happ began the season on the disabled list and then spent time in the bullpen, but since joining the team's rotation he has posted a record of 5-2.

The American League East-leading Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine games, including a walk-off, 5-4 victory Monday, and will look to continue their winning ways in the second of a three-game series with the Twins at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

The Twins will counter with right-hander Kevin Correia, who has struggled to a 2-7 record this season with a 6.11 ERA in 12 starts.

He was handed a 4-0 lead during his last start against the Brewers, but he could not hold on and Minnesota lost the game, 8-5. For now, the Twins are committed to the keeping Correia in their starting rotation.

"Kevin's one of our starters," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's paid good money to do that, and he's still gonna get paid no matter what, so he's one of our starters. We need him to be more consistent."

Twins: Morales makes debut
Kendrys Morales made his Twins debut on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout as the designated hitter.

Morales signed a one-year prorated deal with the Twins on Sunday and asked to play right away. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left open the chance that Morales will play again Tuesday, depending on how he feels after Monday's game.

"I've never seen this before with a guy sitting out this long," Gardenhire said. "But he's been swinging out there so it's not like he's swinging cold turkey or coming out of a hospital bed."

Blue Jays: Pair nearing return from injury
The Blue Jays are inching closer to getting a pair of key contributors back to their team.

Center fielder Colby Rasmus will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo in Toledo on Thursday. He has been sidelined with a right hamstring injury since May 12 and will need to play at least a few games before he returns to the Blue Jays.

Sergio Santos could return as early as this weekend if his rehab assignment with Double-A New Hampshire goes well. He has been sidelined since May 9 when he experienced forearm tenderness on his throwing arm.

Worth noting
• Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on his right elbow. Pelfrey has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain since May 2. He has recently been bothered by an issue that could be related to his ulnar nerve.

The Twins are expected to know more about Pelfrey on Tuesday, and while surgery could be an option, the injury is not related to the ulnar collateral ligament.

"It's in the elbow and probably something with the nerve but I don't know what the prognosis or the determination is," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "But it's not Tommy John."

• Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks was held out of the lineup for a second straight day after suffering a minor right shoulder injury while making a diving catch in center field to end Saturday's game. Rookie Danny Santana started in his place.

"Hicksy is better today and available to pinch-hit or pinch-run," Gardenhire said. "I don't know about the throwing yet."

• Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has reached base safely in 34 of his last 36 games, and has a hit in 10 straight games

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