R.A. Dickey didn't have a great stat line today, but as is the case in Spring Training, what's really important is how he felt. Dickey was happy with his outing in the Blue Jays 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers today.
RAD: "I got a lot of swings and misses against a team that’s got a good approach against the pitch. Lot of things to be happy about today."— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 24, 2016
Dickey went five innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, had a walk and struck out five Tigers, who had a lineup including Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, and Nick Castellanos among others.
Offensively, the Jays beat up on a former teammate traded for David Price for the second time in a week. After Daniel Norris, the Jays got four runs and seven hits off of Matt Boyd in 3.1 innings.
Justin Smoak had a home run off of Boyd in the second inning to start a three-run frame. Kevin Pillar scored a run in the first and singled home two runs in the second inning. Jon Berti and Andy Burns also had RBIs for the Jays.
After Dickey, it was a bit of a mixed bag for the Jays bullpen but they all performed well. Arnold Leon went two scoreless innings and he was followed by Chad Girodo (0.1 IP), Ryan Tepera (0.2 IP) and David Aardsma who walked two and struck out one in the ninth inning.
Up next for the Blue Jays is a game against the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow evening in Clearwater. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. Marco Estrada will get the start against Jeremy Hellickson. The game will be on MLB.tv.
Troy Tulowitzki, who was hit by a pitch yesterday, is expected to take swings before the game and it's possible he returns to the lineup for Friday's game.