Toronto Blue Jays fans got a double treat on Sunday, with the team pulling split squad duty. Game 1 saw Toronto take a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees in Tampa, FL. Game 2 was the team’s first home match-up, when the Blue Jays hosted the Baltimore Orioles in Dunedin.
Unfortunately, Toronto suffered its first loss of the spring, dropping a hard-fought contest 5-4 to the Orioles.
- Mark Buehrle got his first start in a Blue Jays uniform, but it was not likely what he was looking for his first spring outing. The lefty lasted only an inning and a third, giving up 4 hits, striking-out 1 and surrendering a 2-run home run to Steve Pearce.
- A string of relievers followed and looked a bit sharper. Sergio Santos needed just 6 pitched for his one inning of work, Jeremy Jeffress struck out a pair in his inning, and Aaron Loup and Mickey Storey looked solid as well. Chad Jenkins and Tommy Hottovy both surrendered runs in their appearances.
- A pair of Joses made their spring debuts as well. Jose Reyes reach base twice in three plate appearances, once via the walk. Meanwhile, Jose Bautista looked to be ready to go, hitting his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the third inning.
- Adam Lind continued to hit, collecting his first hit off of a lefty this spring. With the team monitoring his performance against south-paws, it was good to see him collect a knock.
- J.P. Arencibia put Saturday behind him and collected a pair of hits on Sunday, including a double.
- 25th man Mark DeRosa also went 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI.
- Another game, another error by Ryan Goins in the field, who also took an 0 for 2 collar with a pair of strike-outs.
Today, the Blue Jays get their first look at John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox. They’ll send R.A. Dickey to the hill for the first time as a Blue Jay, following him up with Josh Johnson, and will feature the following line-up: