AL East Round Up- “As Pitching Goes” Edition

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Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays

Drew Hutchison was roughed up by the Yankees on Sunday for 6 earned runs. He would turn in a much better outing against the Orioles on Saturday going 6 solid innings. Mark Buehrle was shaky in 5 1/3 innings, but managed to avoid any real damage. Brandon Morrow gave a quality start against Houston while striking out 9. R.A. Dickey gave up 5 earned runs in 7 innings against the Astros and once again the long ball bites him. Dustin McGowan was lights out in 6 1/3 innings shutting out the Orioles on Friday. And, even better, there appears to be no ill effects to his arm thus far. A trip through the rotation has resulted in the Blue Jays being kept in the game. Considering the doubt surrounding this rotation, can we ask for anything more? There are those who would have laughed at the idea that the Blue Jays starters would keep them in every game. It isn’t such a funny idea now. Just wait until this anemic offense wakes up! It is only going to get better. With a degree of consistency from the starters and the offense firing as it is supposed to, this team won’t be the last place finishers everyone expects them to be.

NOTES:

-Jeff Seidel of MLB.com tells us that Jose Reyes and Casey Janssen are ready to start their rehab assignments. They’ll head to Florida to rehab in Dunedin, which is a much better idea than New Hampshire where it will still be cold. But, if the Jays can get these two back, especially Reyes, th eteam will get a much needed boost.

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