Game 3: Detroit at Toronto pregame

B.J. Ryan is the Blue Jays’ closer. That much is not going to change right now. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston isn’t sure how often he will use the stopper in consecutive games this season, though.

Gaston said he’ll try to avoid doing that as much as possible, handing some save chances to relievers Scott Downs and Brandon League. As for Ryan’s outing on Tuesday — he allowed a game-tying homer to blow a save in the ninth — Gaston doesn’t think it’s the type of thing that will hurt the closer’s confidence.

“I don’t think so,” Gaston said. “He’s been in the big leagues a long time and he’s been out there on that mound in wars all the time, so I’d be very surprised if that bugged him like that.”

Some other items: Michael Barrett will likely be behind the plate for Ricky Romero’s big league debut on Thursday afternoon. … Romero and Detroit’s Rick Porcello will both be making their debuts. It’s the first time in MLB history that two first-round picks are facing each other in their respective debuts. … Gaston said hitting coach Gene Tenace is working with right fielder Alex Rios on adopting a more balanced stance, getting off his back side during his swing. Gaston said this should help generate more power. … Gaston also decided to stick with the same starting nine in Game 3. Why not? 17 runs in the first two games is never a bad thing.

Today’s lineups:

Tigers.gifDETROIT TIGERS (0-2)

1. Cutis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Carlos Guillen, LF
6. Gerald Laird, C
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Ramon Santiago, SS
9. Josh Anderson, RF

Starter: Zach Miner

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (2-0)

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Travis Snider, LF

Starter: Jesse Litsch

~JB

4 Comments

This site is to slow.
Litsch should have had a regular spring training just like everybody else. But no why do it the right way when you can do it JP the butholes way.

Well, that’s a little faster, only took 5 minutes to log on. Jb, I know it’s not your deal to fix this blog, but please let your buds at MLB know it sucks almost as bad as Vernon Wells batting 4th and hitting into a double paly again..

Now, let’s see how long it takes ths post to make it to the blog. It’s now 8.15.

7:47, Sask. time.

rshobie.
Why would you insult Jordan, All he did is tell it the way he sees it, as did gsjays.
I don’t think Jordan will answer your post, because he will not lower his standards to your levell.

Last night was last years Jays, No fire, Let’s hope we will not see to much of it this year.
So far one good game, one poor game, one lucky game.

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