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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-08-27

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2008-08-27
Third baseman Scott Rolen was activated before Tuesday's game and is back with new batting mechanics and an uplifted attitude. Before going on the disabled list because of problems related to his swing and left shoulder, Rolen was thinking that his career may be ending.

"Fifteen days isn't going to bring my range back to where it was, but I've tried to make some adjustments while I've been out," said Rolen, who isn't expected to be in the lineup for a few days. At one time, he had nothing but doubt.

"About three weeks ago, a month ago, I was throwing some false positives out there because I wasn't sure where I was and I knew I couldn't get to the baseball," he said of his swing. "I knew I had worked as hard as I could work and I couldn't get to the baseball. That doesn't give you much confidence and doesn't feel real good about your career. But I think I can get to the baseball now, and I'm excited about it. I'm excited about playing again."

As for the change in mechanics, it's pretty simple.

"I lowered my hands and tried to take some stress off my shoulder from where I've held the bat in the past," he said. "I shortened my load (timing mechanism) a little bit so that my shoulder doesn't go outside the range that I have."

Manager Cito Gaston said that once Rolen tells him he's ready, he'll be in the lineup every day.

BLUE JAYS 6, RAYS 2: Roy Halladay snapped a three-game losing streak against Tampa Bay with the victory. Halladay allowed two runs and six hits over six innings for his 16th win. Vernon Wells hit a solo home run, his 14th longball of the season, and drove in three runs. Lyle Overbay added a two-run double as the Jays beat Tampa for just the fourth time in 13 meetings this season.

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Added: August 27, 2008

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