Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 23, 2012

The Blue Jays need to save some of this late-inning heroics for the regular season as they rallied from two runs down to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5.  Brett Cecil wasn’t sharp tonight and got roughed up over 2.2 IPs, giving up 4 earned while walking 5 batters.  Read the full recap here.

In a matchup of two American League East left-handed starters on Friday night, one took a step in the right direction and the other had some trouble finding the strike zone.

Cecil, on the other hand, had command issues right from the start. He walked the first two batters he faced, setting the stage for Jeff Keppinger’s one-out single to plate leadoff hitter Sean Rodriguez.

After the Blue Jays tied the game on Edwin Encarnacion’s solo home run to lead off the second — his third long ball of the spring — the Rays piled on three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Again, Cecil’s control problems were central to the rally. After Jose Molina singled with one out to get things started, Cecil walked the next three batters to force home a run

Up next: The Blue Jays return to their spring home on Saturday to face the Atlanta Braves. Henderson Alvarez will make his fourth Grapefruit League start at 1:05 p.m. at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium as the Blue Jays began to prep their starters for the regular season. Alvarez, who allowed a run on four hits over three innings against the Yankees on March 14, will increase his pitch count up into the 70-80 range. Sergio Santos, Francisco Cordero, Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver are also scheduled to pitch. Julio Teheran will start for the Braves.

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