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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-02

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-02
The Blue Jays as expected sent struggling left-handers David Purcey and Brian Burres to Class AAA Las Vegas Friday in an effort to shore up a leaky rotation.

Also dispatched to Las Vegas was right-hander Brian Bullington, who had been used in relief.

Making the jump to the Jays will be rookie right-hander Robert Ray, who will start Saturday against the Orioles in the second game of the series.

Left-hander Brett Cecil, one of the pitchers who failed to crack the rotation in the spring training competition, was also called up and he will replace Burres in the rotation and will start Tuesday against Cleveland.

Right-handed reliever Brian Wolfe was also recalled from Las Vegas.

"Just trying to shape it up a little bit," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said of his new arms. "Obviously they're here before their time, probably. Between now and the 10th (May) is when we've just got to patchwork it a little bit.

"After the off day (May 11) there we might be in a better spot to get Romero (Ricky) and maybe Janssen (Casey) back -- just the hold the fort down for now."

Purcey struggled from the outset, posting an 0-2 record with a 7.01 ERA in five starts this season. Control was Purcey's biggest undoing, as the 27-year-old surrendered 18 walks in 25 2/3 innings.

Cecil, 22, went 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts with Las Vegas. The 2007 second-round pick is scheduled to make his first major-league start Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. He takes over for Burres, who posted an 0-2 record with a 14.21 ERA in two starts with Toronto.

Ray, 25, has made one appearance with Las Vegas this season.

Last year, Ray split time with Class A Dunedin going 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 13 starts and Class AA New Hampshire, where he went 8-6 with a 3.18 in 16 starts.

Wolfe, 28, went 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in eight appearances in Class AAA. He replaces Bullington in long relief in the Jays' rotation after the former number-one pick registered a 3.00 ERA in three relief appearances.

Last year with the Jays, Wolfe was 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 20 relief appearances.

BLUE JAYS 8, ORIOLES 4: RHP Roy Halladay allowed three earned runs on 10 hits over eight innings to collect the win and increase his career record against the Orioles to 19-4. Scott Rolen singled in the fourth inning to extend his hit streak to a season-high eight games. Over that time, Rolen is hitting .367 (11-for-30). 2B Aaron Hill bounced back from an 0-for-3 game against the Royals on Thursday by going 3-for-5 to record his major-league leading 13th multi-hit game of the season. Hill has not been held hitless in back-to-back games this season.

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