How Are The Toronto Blue Jays Doing This Season?
April 9, 2012 by staff
How Are The Toronto Blue Jays Doing This Season?, The Toronto Blue Jays will aim for a season opening sweep of the Cleveland Indians today at Progressive Field. Toronto will send righty Joel Carreno, who will be making his first major league start after winning a spot in the Jays’ rotation this spring, to the mound. Carreno got his first taste of big league action last season when he pitched to a 1.15 ERA over 11 appearances, spanning 15 2/3 innings.
“I have to do a good job for them,” Carreno said about his opportunity. “I don’t [want] to make them think, ‘He has to go back to the Minor Leagues.’ So I have to do the best I can do here.”
Carreno will be trying to keep the Jays perfect on the season after back-to- back extra-inning wins to open the year. After the longest Opening Day game in history on Thursday, the Jays again needed more than nine innings to pull out a 7-4 win on Saturday.
Edwin Encarnacion led off the 12th with a double off the wall in left off Tony Sipp (0-1) and Brett Lawrie followed with a single. Davis then doubled home both runners and Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson each added an RBI single later in the inning for a 7-3 lead.
Francisco Cordero gave up a one-out, RBI single to Travis Hafner in the bottom of the 12th, but Lawrie made a diving stop at third on a hard hit ball by Shelley Duncan to get a force out at second and Casey Kotchman grounded out to second to end the game.
Johnson hit a solo home run and Lawrie went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Blue Jays, who got seven innings out of starter Brandon Morrow that saw him give up three walks and two unearned runs on one hit. Casey Janssen (1-0) got the win for pitching two perfect innings.
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run and Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo shot for the Indians. Ubaldo Jimenez carried a perfect game into the sixth and a no- hitter into the seventh, but didn’t factor in the decision as he gave up two runs on one hit with three strikeouts over seven innings.
Toronto hasn’t been 3-0 since 1996, while the Indians haven’t opened a year with a three straight losses since losing five in a row to start the 2009 campaign.
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