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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-04-15

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-04-15
In picking a replacement for right-hander Jesse Litsch, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right forearm, the Jays threw a curve.

Instead of going down to the minors and calling up another starter, they instead opted to give Saturday's start to Brian Tallet, who has been used in long relief.

After the excellent springs by prospects Brad Mills and Brett Cecil, the decision to move Tallet into the rotation ranks is a surprise. Tallet has six starts in the majors but none since an emergency start on Aug. 7, 2006, when Ted Lilly was scratched. Tallet worked 2 1/3 innings against Baltimore in an 8-1 win.

"Cito (Gaston), (GM) J.P. Ricciardi, (pitching coach) Brad Arnsberg and I thought this was the best way," said Tony LaCava, the Jays' assistant general manager. "We sent the kids to Vegas as a developmental move and thought it was best to allow them to get their feet on the ground."

Mills allowed six runs -- three earned -- and six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings Saturday in a 6-4 loss at Colorado Springs. Cecil gave up five runs -- two earned -- and four hits and two walks in four innings Monday in an 8-7 loss to Salt Lake City.

"Neither kid has pitched that well. We want them to get their feet on the ground," Gaston said.

Litsch, meanwhile, revealed he hurt his right forearm throwing a four-seam fastball to Justin Morneau to end the first inning Monday.

"It started to bark pretty good after that," Litsch said. "I tried to pitch through it, which I shouldn't have."

TWINS 3, BLUE JAYS 2 (11 innings): Joe Crede hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the 11th off Jesse Carlson to snap the Twins' 10-game losing streak against Toronto. The Jays received a second consecutive solid start from Ricky Romero, who allowed two runs and eight hits over eight innings in the no-decision. Vernon Wells drove in the tying run to make it 2-2 with two out in the eighth on a single to center that scored Alex Rios, who had doubled.

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