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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-07-29

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-07-29
With the clock ticking closer to Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said there's been plenty of talk, some tire-kicking, but nothing in the way of substantive offers.

Ricciardi said he'd listen to all offers but added the significant rider that right-hander A.J. Burnett, his prized plum, isn't going anywhere.

"We're open to do anything if it's the right situation," he said. "There's been interest in a lot of our guys from the standpoint of asking questions. But we're not going to just dismantle our club because it's a good club."

Between now and Thursday, Ricciardi expects things to heat up.

"I do, I do," he said. "As people find out that X amount of things aren't available, they might come to us. We'll see. I think so. I don't know if we're going to do anything."

And Burnett?

"He's not going anywhere," Ricciardi replied emphatically.

BLUE JAYS 3, RAYS 1: RHP A.J. Burnett moved to 12-9 on the season by allowing one unearned run over seven innings while striking out 10. The 12 wins equals his career high. DH Matt Stairs hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, while RF Brad Wilkerson and 2B Joe Inglett hit back-to-back triples in the eighth. It was the Jays' sixth win in their last seven games.

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Added: July 29, 2008

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