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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-06-30

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-06-30
Was general manager J.P. Ricciardi a victim of a prank or was he pulling another long one? We'll never know.

But early last week Ricciardi was involved in a "he said-he said" with Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn over whether or not he had apologized to the Reds first baseman.

On a postgame radio show, Ricciardi made highly critical comments regarding Dunn's ability and desire to play the game. Dunn, when informed of the comments, called Ricciardi "a clown."

Then early last week, the Reds were in Toronto for a three-game series.

Prior to the first game, Ricciardi said he had tried to get in touch with Dunn and couldn't but then Dunn called him back. He said the two spoke, that he (Ricciardi) apologized and that was it.

But it wasn't.

Dunn said he never talked to Ricciardi.

"I'm just so sick and tired of this first and foremost, but the real truth is no, I have not talked to him," Dunn said. "Again, I'm not going to go out of my way to apologize or get an apology from a guy I don't even know. So no, it didn't happen and I hope this is the last time I have to talk about it because I'm sick and tired of it. If he said he talked to me, then it's a lie."

Ricciardi was taken aback when informed of Dunn's comments.

"All I know is the person I talked to said it was Adam Dunn," Ricciardi said. "That's quite a prank to pull."

BLUE JAYS 1, BRAVES 0: RHP A.J. Burnett plus lefties Scott Downs and closer B.J. Ryan combined on a five-hit shutout. Burnett struck out 11 batters over seven innings to move to 8-7. B.J. Ryan worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save. RF Alex Rios drove in the game's lone run with a double into the left field corner in the sixth that scored Marco Scutaro from first. With the win, the Jays won back-to-back series for the first time since they had a five-game winning streak May 22-26.

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Added: June 30, 2008

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