The final day of the MLB regular season will find the slugging Toronto Blue Jays on the road at Target Field in Minneapolis to face Nick Blackburn and the Twins.

The Minnesota Twins have been looking ahead to the playoffs, going 2-5 in their last seven games of September.  Ron Gardenhire’s club plays its regular-season finale in Sunday afternoon’s home contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are 5-2 in their first seven meetings with the AL Central Division champs.

Jason KubelToronto’s Marc Rzepczynski (3-4, 5.56 ERA) is slated to start on the hill against Minnesota’s Nick Blackburn (10-11, 5.55 ERA).  Rzepczynski logged a no-decision in a July 7 start against the Twins, won by Toronto, 6-5, as a 107 home favorite.  Blackburn has not faced the Blue Jays since 2008, picking up a no-decision in a 5-4 loss for Minnesota as a 135 road dog.

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Rzepczynski earned a second straight win in Monday’s 7-5 triumph for Toronto as a 117 MLB odds dog at home against the New York Yankees.  The 25-year-old southpaw gave up two runs in five innings (91 pitches).

Toronto’s Vernon Wells and John Buck cracked homers, uniting to hit 5-for-8.  Buck went 6-for-15 in his next four games, notching an RBI in three of them.

The combined 12 runs soared above the ‘total’ of 9 ½, ending a 3-0 ‘under’ run in Rzepczynski’s prior three starts.  Toronto led, 7-0, prior to long balls from New York’s Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira bringing in all five Yankees runs.

The Blue Jays are 0-4 in Rzepczynski’s four daytime starts, with the ‘over’ going 3-1.  The California native has allowed a whopping .418 OBP and 2.02 WHIP in that span.

Blackburn received an early exit in Tuesday’s 10-1 loss for Minnesota as a 122 road dog against the Kansas City Royals.  The four-year righty was shelled for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings (82 pitches).

Minnesota’s Michael Cuddyer drove in his squad’s sole run with a fifth-inning single.  The 31-year-old veteran has hit 6-for-24 in his first seven games against Toronto.

The lopsided affair’s 11 combined runs jumped above the ‘total’ of 9 ½. Twins reliever Glen Perkins gave up a two-run homer from Kansas City’s Josh Fields to cash ‘over’ tickets in the seventh inning.

Minnesota is 9-3 in Blackburn’s 12 home starts, with the ‘over’ going 7-5.  The Oklahoma native has allowed seven homers in that span’s 81 2/3 innings.

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The Twins are 52-27 in their first 79 home dates, with the ‘total’ splitting at 38-38-3.  Toronto is 38-41 in its first 79 road games, with the ‘over’ collecting at 42-33-4.

Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. (ET), with umpire Doug Eddings slated to call the balls and strikes.  The ‘under’ is 13-3-1 in the last 17 games called by the New Mexico native.

The weather forecast in Minneapolis calls for a high of 60 degrees with calm winds and no rain.

Minnesota will begin its postseason with Wednesday’s Game 1 of its ALDS.  The Twins will host the best-of-five set’s opener against either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays.