In theory, baseball's strike zone is about 4.5 cubic feet in size.
When Mark Buehrle is on his game, he uses only a tiny fraction of it around the margins. In ecological terms, he leaves a very tiny footprint, hardly disturbing the air inside that invisible, imaginary space.
The fat part of the hitting zone must have looked the size of the Sahara Desert to the Minnesota Twins Friday night. Nothing moved in that vacant space except their own bats, finding only occasional weak contact as Buehrle's paint-job on the corners would have put Rembrandt to shame.
Staked to an early lead, Buehrle's flim-flammery was at the core of this 4-0 Blue Jay victory, an important win that stopped the bleeding of a three-game losing streak. A pair of Joses -- Reyes and Bautista -- did all the offensive damage Buehrle would need, each driving in a pair of runs. Reyes went three-for-four with a two-run double and Bautista went three-for-four with his 20th home run and a pair of singles.