Saturday Roundup - She was physically forgotten

Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 10:16 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pistol

Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds

Justin Miller got roughed up a bit (4.2 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 6 walks, 1 K, 3 HRs) and the Jays' comeback fell short as Toronto lost to the Evil Empire 8-7.

Jays fall short against Yanks - Fordin
Losing hard on Delgado & Gibbons - Rutsey
Reunion turns ugly for Jays - Baker

Different approach for Frasor - Fordin
Jays tweak Frasor's role - Rutsey (Note to Sun editor: It's Speier, not Speir)

After weeks of watching Jason Frasor struggle with the game on the line, Toronto manager John Gibbons wants to try a different approach. He won't forget about Frasor, but he won't use him exclusively as a closer either.

"We're not in a pennant race. We've got to do what's best for the kid right now, since he's a big part of it," said Gibbons. "I'm not saying he's out of that closing role, but don't be surprised if you see him a little earlier."

So who steps into the void? Gibbons said he'll use his whole bullpen, but veterans like Justin Speier and Kerry Ligtenberg will factor into the mix. Speier has been particularly hot -- he's allowed just six earned runs in his last 22 appearances, good for a 2.16 ERA over that corresponding time-frame.

"We'll probably start going with Spy a little more. He's pitched good and he's been through the long season, with results," said Gibbons.

* Rich Griffin feels the Jays bullpen needs a veteran voice.

* The voice of Blue Jays still ringing - Millson

Until June 3, when he missed a game in Oakland, Calif., because of the death of his father, Cheek had broadcast every Toronto Blue Jays game since the snowy opening day for the franchise at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977.

And (today) at the SkyDome, when the Blue Jays play the New York Yankees, Cheek will be honoured before a large crowd.

He said he never gave much thought to his string of consecutive games, he was just doing his job. "And this is where I want to be," he said.

* Today's Game Ted Lilly, coming off the best start of the season, takes the mound against Kevin Brown. Game time is 4:05.