The tie keeps Toronto’s record at 5-5-1 for the young Spring Training season.
– J.A. Happ got the start for the Blue Jays and it was not a memorable affair for the southpaw. In three innings of work, Happ surrendered two runs on six hits while striking out one. The damage was done on a two-run home run by Steve Pearce, who also took Esmil Rogers deep in the 6th inning.
– Speaking of Esmil Rogers, maybe the right-hander would have preferred to join his Dominican Republic mates at the WBC. In one inning of work, Rogers struck out two hitters, but got torched for a trifecta of home runs.
– Anthony Gose continues to impress. Batting in the lead-off role, the center fielder was hitless in three at-bats, but walked twice, scored a pair of runs, and stole his third base of the spring. He also added an outfield assist, nailing Luis Exposito at third base.
– As part of the Blue Jays’ 14-hit attack, Toronto got two hits each from Emilio Bonifacio, Ryan Langerhans, and Jim Negrych, Melky Cabrera notched a pair of RBI’s on the day, and the aforementioned Langerhans and Andy LaRoche each hit home runs in the contest.
– LaRoche has been a unique find thus far this spring. Signed this winter as a minor-league free agent and given a non-roster invite to camp, Adam’s 29-year-old younger brother is hitting a solid .353 after 17 plate appearances with 4 RBI and a team-leading 3 home runs. While he won’t make the team out of camp, LaRoche is making a name for an early call-up should the need arise.
Today, the Blue Jays are facing the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida. Here is the line-up:
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