Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – April 1, 2012

Brandon Morrow tossed four shutout innings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon in a losing effort as the Jays fell 3-1.  Read the boxscore.

Morrow was nearly perfect against Pittsburgh while mixing in an overpowering fastball with strong command of his offspeed pitches. His lone blemishes were a pair of singles off the bat of Pirates right fielder Jose Tabata.

The 27-year-old Morrow struck out four batters without issuing a walk and throwing 34 of his 50 pitches for strikes. He finished the Grapefruit League season having surrendered just one earned run in 17 1/3 official innings. Morrow is expected to start Game 2 of Toronto’s season on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland.

“I think I accomplished what I set out to do: polish up and gain a lot more feel and confidence with those third and fourth pitches,” Morrow said. “I threw a lot of changeups, a lot of curveballs and really kept guys off balance all spring.”

Up next: Left-hander Brett Cecil will make his final start of the spring when the Blue Jays travel to Lakeland, Fla., to take on the Tigers. Cecil is expected to throw five innings and will be followed by left-handed reliever Luis Perez. The remaining pitchers are still to be determined and will be taken from the Minor League camp. Monday represents Toronto’s final road game of the spring in advance of Tuesday’s home finale.

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