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Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 23, 2012

The Blue Jays need to save some of this late-inning heroics for the regular season as they rallied from two runs down to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5.  Brett Cecil wasn’t sharp tonight and got roughed up over 2.2 IPs, giving up 4 earned while walking 5 batters.  Read the full recap here.

In a matchup of two American League East left-handed starters on Friday night, one took a step in the right direction and the other had some trouble finding the strike zone.

Cecil, on the other hand, had command issues right from the start. He walked the first two batters he faced, setting the stage for Jeff Keppinger’s one-out single to plate leadoff hitter Sean Rodriguez.

After the Blue Jays tied the game on Edwin Encarnacion’s solo home run to lead off the second — his third long ball of the spring — the Rays piled on three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Again, Cecil’s control problems were central to the rally. After Jose Molina singled with one out to get things started, Cecil walked the next three batters to force home a run

Up next: The Blue Jays return to their spring home on Saturday to face the Atlanta Braves. Henderson Alvarez will make his fourth Grapefruit League start at 1:05 p.m. at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium as the Blue Jays began to prep their starters for the regular season. Alvarez, who allowed a run on four hits over three innings against the Yankees on March 14, will increase his pitch count up into the 70-80 range. Sergio Santos, Francisco Cordero, Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver are also scheduled to pitch. Julio Teheran will start for the Braves.

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 18, 2012

The Blue Jays game was on Sportsnet today and I had a chance to watch.  Anthony Gose entered the game as a pinch runner and quickly made an impression.  He took a huge lead and easily stole second base.  He also had one at-bat and though he struck out he had a good looking, aggressive swing on the first pitch.  He carries himself like a confident big leaguer already and he appears to be a gamer.

The Jays hammered the Phillies and easily won 10-2 on Sunday, read the recap here.

 Jose Bautista recorded his third home run of the spring, while Yunel Escobar and Yan Gomes each had a pair of doubles in Toronto’s 10-2 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Toronto first got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third off left-hander Cole Hamels, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Gomes and Escobar. Bautista later followed with his sixth RBI of the spring to give the Blue Jays an early 2-1 lead.

That production continued in the third as Toronto recorded four consecutive singles to plate three more runs and chase Hamels from the game. Philadelphia’s left-hander surrendered five runs — four earned — on eight hits without striking out a batter in his fourth start of the spring.

Left-hander Brett Cecil got the start for Toronto and got himself into trouble in the first inning, but was able to minimize the damage. He gave up a one-out triple to centre fielder Shane Victorino, who would later come around to score on a single by Hunter Pence, but that’s all Philadelphia would score off Cecil.

The 25-year-old allowed four hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk in four frames. His fastball was registered between 85-87 mph, but Cecil appeared to be locating the ball down in the zone with more effectiveness.

Up next for the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have an off-day on Monday afternoon, but right-hander Henderson Alvarez will get the start in a Minor League game and is expected to pitch five innings as he continues to build up his endurance. On Tuesday, Toronto travels to Fort Myers, Fla., to take on the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET. Many regulars are expected to receive the day off, but right-hander Kyle Drabek will get the start against Boston’s Daniel Bard. Dustin McGowan gets to avoid the trip and will instead make a Minor League start.

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 13, 2012

Brett Cecil was once again sharp on the mound as the Jays (SS) defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-2, read the full recap here.

Left-hander Brett Cecil tossed three scoreless innings, and Travis Snider and Travis d’Arnaud each drove in two runs to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

Cecil allowed just one hit while walking two and striking out two, and he hasn’t allowed a run in six Grapefruit League innings.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano started the game for the Twins, and he cruised through the first two innings before giving up four runs in the third. Snider and d’Arnaud hit back-to-back two-run doubles off Liriano to give the Blue Jays an early lead.

Up next: Henderson Alvarez is set to make his third start of the Grapefruit League season when the Blue Jays host the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET in a game that can be heard on an exclusive webcast on

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