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MIN@TEX: Correia tosses seven frames of one-run ball

After Friday's 6-5 victory, the Blue Jays will go for a season-high fourth straight series victory on Saturday at Target Field.

Toronto is currently in the midst of its best streak this season outside of its 11-game winning streak in June, having won eight of its last 11. The Blue Jays will send the struggling J.A. Happ to the mound to try to keep the good times rolling.

Happ has been roughed up the last three times on the mound, and he hasn't had much luck since returning from injury a month ago. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA since Aug. 7, and he hasn't made it past the fifth inning in three of his six starts.

Happ's last time out, he exited after four innings against the Royals, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk, while striking out three.

The Twins will send Kevin Correia to the mound. Over his past five starts, the Minnesota right-hander has posted a 1.80 ERA and has pitched into the seventh inning in each outing. He also has struck out 20 batters against seven walks over 35 innings.

The biggest difference for the 33-year-old has been a return to pounding the zone.

"I got in a situation in a few starts where I was just nibbling and my pitch count was up, so I tried to go back to what I was doing -- throwing more strikes and getting quicker outs. And I've been able to do that," Correia said. "I usually pitch well at the ends of seasons. I try to finish strong, and I feel good right now."

Blue Jays: Rasmus to join club to continue rehab
Colby Rasmus will likely be rejoining Toronto in the near future, but a timetable for his return to the lineup is undetermined.

The Blue Jays center fielder, who is on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique muscle, has been rehabbing his injury at the club's Minor League complex in Florida, but with the Minors season over, he'll continue his rehab with the big league club.

"He's making progress. I think the plan is he may join us pretty soon, because the season is over down there, and there's not much going on at the complex," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know that for a fact, but he'll probably end up joining us at home."

Toronto still hasn't ruled out a return for the 27-year-old, but with each passing day, he's running out of time. Rasmus was hitting .273 with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs with an .812 OPS over 112 games before he was injured.

Twins: Morneau's vacated locker strange for Twins
For the first time in a decade, Justin Morneau's name didn't hang in one of the lockers in the Twins' locker room when the club returned to begin their homestand.

Friday's game marked the first time the Twins played at Target Field without their long-time first baseman, who was traded to the Pirates last Saturday.

"It's weird," said Mauer, who had been teammates with Morneau since 2004. "Just weird in the clubhouse -- cleaning out his locker. I've talked to him a number of times since it happened. I'm happy for him. He's back in that atmosphere that all of us players want to be in with the playoffs and chasing the postseason. He's doing better."

Even manager Ron Gardenhire admitted that it was a bit strange not seeing Morneau around.

"It's different," Gardenhire said. "He'd been there a long time, ever since this place opened."

Worth noting
• After R.A. Dickey's victory Friday, Toronto starters have posted a record of 8-2 with a 2.93 ERA over their last 11 games.

• The Twins are 1-3 against the Blue Jays this season, and are just 10-33 in the two teams' last 43 games since July 23, 2007.

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