The Blue Jays (5-1) rolled right through Baltimore thank to a pair of strong pitching performances and plenty of timely, clutch hitting.
- Did Alex Anthopoulos fleece Billy Beane? Sure, one start does not an ace make, but off-season acquisition Dana Eveland’s red-hot spring flowed right into his first start as a Blue Jay. He looked calm and composed in throwing 7.1 innings of shutout ball on Saturday without a heavy pitch count or any of the control issues that plagued him last season in Oakland.
- Toronto is putting their faith in Alex Gonzalez early. The shortstop, who is currently challenging his reputation of being all-defence and no offence, was rewarded for some strong early play by being bumped up to the No. 2 spot in the order behind Jose Bautista yesterday. He responded with a pair of solo home runs, already his third and fourth of the season.
- Mike McCoy appears primed to become the latest in a long line of popular, scrappy Jays ultility guys. Call him the 2010 Jeff Frye, as the diminutive McCoy has already shown a penchant for solid defence and a timely bat. McCoy helped secure the win in the finale of the Texas series with an RBI single in the ninth inning and came around to score off a ninth inning walk in Saturday’s win against the O’s.
- Is Aaron Hill’s hamstring injury worse than initially thought? He could get the call tonight after being held out for all three games against Baltimore, but given the ‘better safe than sorry’ treatment on the part of the Jays, it bears watching moving forward.
- Shaun Marcum aced (no pun intended) another test yesterday. After a strong but ultimately unsuccessful outing in the season opener, Marcum faced some early adversity yesterday, giving up two runs in the first. However, he did not panic and quickly found his rhythm en route to a six-inning outing.
- Casey Janssen for Cy Young (or at least AL Player of the Week)? A player originally given no guarantees of making the squad out of spring training, Janssen has exploded out to a league-leading three wins (more than 11 major league teams) in 3.0 innings of work.
It’s home opener time tonight, as the Jays play the first of 10 straight at Rogers Centre. First up is a four-game set against the White Sox. Brian Tallet and Jake Peavy get the call tonight.
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Written by Ben Fisher