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Great start for Aaron Sanchez, Brett Lawrie homers. Jays beat Rays

Blue Jays 5 Rays 0

Let's take it as a good sign that a team of Jays, made up largely of minor leaguers beats a Rays team that had mostly their regulars.

Happy Thoughts:

  • Aaron Sanchez as great for 5.1 innings, allowing just 3 hits, 3 walks, getting 2 strikeouts. He also got the Rays to ground into 3 double plays. Just a great job. I'm starting to think we'll be seeing him by mid-season.
  • Jeremy Jeffress was also great, allowing just a walk, in 2.1 innings, with a strike out. Jefress needed to have a good outing. I really thought he was pitching himself off the team.
  • John Stilson pitched a scoreless inning as well, with 1 strikeout. If we could trade a couple of relievers, I'd be happy to see him in our bullpen this year. He still has a 0 ERA for the spring.
  • Anthony Gose was 2 for 4, but he was picked off first and caught stealing (all one play) once too.  .267 on the spring.
  • Brett Lawrie was 2 for 3, with a home run and 3 RBI. Nice to see a home run from him, before the spring ends, he really didn't see to be driving the ball, until the last few days. ..350.
  • Adam Lind was 2 for 4. One of the hits was against a lefty. .378.

Less Happy Thoughts:

  • Colby Rasmus was 1 for 4, but the 3 outs were all strikeouts. He needs every swing he can get before the start of the season. .214.
  • Maicer Izturis was 0 for 2 and left the game soon after fouling a pitch off his foot. .222.
  • Kevin Pillar was 0 for 4 with a strikeout. He did make a nice catch in RF. .152.

In a minor league game, R.A. Dickey went 8 innings, allowing 9 hits, 4 earned, with 5 strikeouts. 3 of the runs scored in the 8th inning. He threw 102 pitches, so he should be ready for the season now. Casey Janssen also threw in the game, allowing 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, on 17 pitches in his scoreless inning, his first work of the spring.

Tomorrow the Jays host the Tigers and the game is on TV. Todd Redmond gets the start.