Blue Jays’ Buehrle has rough inning vs Astros
Mark Buehrle is not overly concerned about his spring training
Buehrle gave up four runs and eight hits over four innings in
the Toronto Blue Jays’ 10-6 win over the Houston Astros on
Brandon Barnes hit his fourth exhibition homer, a two-run shot
during a four-run third off Buehrle. Houston opened the inning with
five consecutive hits.
”I feel fine, I feel healthy,” Buehrle said. ”I just had that
Buehrle is part of a revamped Blue Jays rotation that includes
other offseason acquisitions R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson.
Melky Cabrera hit a first-inning solo homer off Jordan Lyles,
who allowed six runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings. The
right-hander has struggled as he attempts to keep his rotation
spot, giving up 24 runs in 11 2-3 innings overall.
”I think, again, he just got the ball elevated,” Houston
manager Bo Porter said. ”He had some chances to put some hitters
away, and didn’t make quality pitches in those situations.”
Jose Bautista connected on his fourth homer in the fourth, a
long two-run drive to left. Josh Thole and Ryan Langerhans also
homered for Toronto.
Dickey, the opening day starter, and Johnson both pitched in
minor league games Tuesday. Dickey, who gave up one unearned run
and one hit in two innings, is scheduled to throw again in a minor
league exhibition game Friday when the Blue Jays host the Boston
”It’s just a matter of reproducing a good knuckleball over and
over,” Dickey said. ”Today was another step in that direction to
continue to be consistent with it.”
Johnson was touched for five runs and eight hits in four-plus
Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero has been working on mechanics
with pitching coach Pete Walker and will pitch in a minor league
”A minor adjustment, and he’s working hard on it,” Walker
said. ”Trying to get him a little bit more directional toward home
plate. He’s been a little bit across his body, and it’s an
adjustment that he’s made over the past week or so. I think it’s
something he needs to do, and I think he’s committed to it. I think
he feels really good about where he is right now and looking
forward to his next outing.”
Romero went 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Toronto closer Casey Janssen, coming off surgery on his throwing
shoulder, is scheduled to pitch in his second minor league game
”It’s a day by day thing,” Walker said. ”He’s getting close.
We’re still hopeful he’ll be ready for opening day, but he’s not
going to go unless he’s 100 percent.”
Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos, who missed almost all of last
season after having shoulder surgery and experienced triceps
soreness after an inning against Philadelphia on March 3, gave up
Jason Castro’s fifth homer, an opposite-field two-run shot to left.
The right-hander could fill in at closer if Janssen is not ready to
start the season.
Astros right-hander Philip Humber took part in a simulated game
on Monday’s offday.
”Humber looked great,” Porter said. ”Attacked the strike
zone. He came in competing for a job and he hasn’t done anything to
hurt his chances of being one of the guys in the rotation. He’s
done everything that we’ve asked him to do.”
NOTES: Astros OF Fernando Martinez didn’t make the trip to get
treatment for back tightness. … Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie (strained
rib cage) is ready to start rotational exercises. Gibbons said it’s
possible that Lawrie won’t be ready for the regular season opener.
… Blue Jays RHP Dustin McGowan, who’s had three shoulder
surgeries in the last five years, is set to work one inning
Wednesday in a minor league game. … Toronto LHP Darren Oliver
allowed two hits over three scoreless innings in a minor league
game. … The Blue Jays sent RHP Justin Germano to their minor