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MacArthur: Friday's Blue Jays Notes

Scott MacArthur
5/11/2013 2:38:56 AM
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BOSTON, Massachusetts - Some notes of interest after left-hander Jon Lester one-hit the Blue Jays in a 5-0 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park:

RAMON ORTIZ

Ortiz worked out of jams in each of his five innings, holding the Red Sox to one run on four hits. He walked four batters.

With J.A. Happ and Josh Johnson injured, the Blue Jays need a starter on Wednesday against the defending world champion San Francisco Giants.

Did Ortiz earn a second start?

"Yeah I sure think so," said Gibbons. "I don't know how he could have done more."

Ortiz threw 96 pitches, only 51 for strikes. The veteran has pitched at Fenway Park many times and wondered if home plate umpire Alan Porter got caught up in his surroundings.

"It's hard, you know, pitching to hitters in Boston and New York," said Ortiz. "It's very hard for the umpire, I threw a lot of good pitches up and away and down and inside but we don't get any pitches. It's not an excuse but when the umpire gives those pitches to you the game is a different story."

"There was a lot of borderline pitches that I don't think he got tonight," said Gibbons. "They might have been up but you know, he pounds the strike zone, that's his game. He's one of those crafty veterans."


BRANDON MORROW

There's doubt whether Morrow, 28, will be able to make his scheduled start against the Red Sox on Sunday.

The right-hander is suffering from back spasms and remained in Florida when the club travelled to Boston for further tests and treatment.

"He got an MRI down there so the disc and everything are fine," said manager John Gibbons. "He's still a little bit stiff. There's a question whether they can get that out of there or not. We think he'll be able to pitch but that's not 100-percent."

Morrow missed his regular turn on Friday and was replaced by Ramon Ortiz.


RAJAI DAVIS

Davis, who led off and was the designated hitter on Friday, left the game when his turn came up in the sixth inning.

The Blue Jays say Davis a left oblique strain, which began with a "tweak" during the series with the Rays.

Due the nature of oblique injuries – Brett Lawrie and Brandon Morrow can attest – the club will take all necessary precautions with Davis.

There's been no decision made whether to place Davis on the disabled list.

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