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The first inning was the worst inning as the Jays lost their first game of 2009, a 5-1 setback to the Tigers at Ted's Shed Wednesday night.
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The Fighting Jays moved into sole possession of top spot in the American League East with a 5-4 walkoff win against the Tigers at the Rogers Centre Tuesday night.  The magic number for the Mighty Jays to clinch the East is only 161 while the wild card magic number is a mere 160. 

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That makes up for Opening Day 2004!  The Maple Leaf wearing Blue Jays hammered the Tigers 12-5 Monday night at the Rogers Centre to grab a share of first place in the American League East.
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Giving the Tigers a false sense of security before they're swept in next week's four game series at the Rogers Centre, the Jays lost 8-5 to Detroit Thursday afternoon in Lakeland. 

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Roy Halladay crafted together another fine outing as the Jays beat the Nationals 7-6 in the home finale of the spring season in Dunedin.

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The defending World Series Champions may have guaranteed Brad Mills a one way ticket to Las Vegas after a 9-1 bombing of the Jays Tuesday night in Clearwater.

UPDATE April 1/09 @ 12:26 p.m. EDT:  Blue Jays assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos tells the FAN 590 that Scott Richmond will be the number five starter in the rotation, Michael Barrett will be the backup catcher, and Kevin Millar is heading to Baseball North as well.

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I wanna heal, I wanna feel like Iím close to something real
I wanna find something Iíve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong.

It's not a lock that it'll be B.J. Ryan charging out of the Rogers Centre bullpen in the ninth to the dulcet tones of Slipknot.  Concerns about the big lefty's lack of velocity this spring means he may be sharing the closer's role with fellow southpaw Scott Downs.

UPDATE:  03/31 @ 6:30 P.M. - Jeremy Accardo and Joe Inglett have been demoted to Las Vegas.

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One of the final two spots in the Jays starting rotation has been filled as Ricky Romero is packing his bags for Baseball North.  That leaves lefty Brad Mills and righty Scott Richmond to battle it out for the number five slot in the rotation.

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Start the friggin' parade down Yonge Street!  The Blue Jays rallied from a four-run deficit by scoring three times in both the eighth and ninth innings to give them a 7-5 win over Atlanta Thursday afternoon in the hotly contested "Larry Jones-Toronto" grudge match.

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Brad Mills has a chance to nail down one of the final two spots in the rotation as the Jays battle the Braves this afternoon in Disney.

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Japan will be looking for a three-peat at the next World Baseball Classic in 2013.  They defeated Korea 5-3 in 10 innings Monday night at Dodger Stadium thanks to a certain Seattle Mariner.
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Casey Janssen's quest for freedom from the injury bug has hit a snag.  If Philip Gerard was a pain and Richard Kimble was a shoulder, Gerard forced Kimble to get Janssen to leave Thursday night's game against the Yankees.  Jordan Bastian of bluejays.com says Janssen left due to shoulder tightness caused by muscle fatigue.
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Pronounced EE-muss, I figured that's close enough to "enormous" prospect.  I did pull a side muscle reaching for that one, thanks for asking.

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Canada has been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic thanks to a disappointing, disheartening, and soul-crushing 6-2 setback to Frank Catalanotto and the Italians Monday night at Rogers Centre.   That means two things.  One, Italy will take on Venezuela at 5:00 p.m. EDT today to determine who will join the U.S. in advancing to Round 2 and two, Scott Richmond doesn't get to throw a pitch for Canada for the second straight tournament.

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No fancy headline today.  Italy must go down in baseball flames tonight when they play Canada at the Rogers Centre.  First pitch is 6:30 p.m. EDT.
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