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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11

Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11
--Given that the Jays have won just three times in their past 17 games in Cleveland, you'd think that it would be the least favorite place for manager Cito Gaston to visit. But he's had other fields of horrors. "Milwaukee always gave us the most trouble," Gaston said of his first tenure with the Jays (1989-97). "But the place I left feeling the saddest was Tiger Stadium in Detroit. I remember in 1987 we lost the final three games there (to lose the pennant). When we got home I went down to my basement and didn't come out for a week."

--RF Alex Rios had his bell rung on an odd play in the third inning Thursday when chasing a ball off the bat of Detroit's Marcus Thames. The drive hit off the wall and ricocheted back into the right side of Rios' head. Rios, with one hand held up to his head, retrieved the ball and threw it back to the infield while Thames jogged in with a triple. Rios went down on one knee but after a minute or so collected himself and remained in the game. "After I threw the ball, I was a little dizzy, but it's OK now," Rios said after the game.

--Wednesday's game drew 12,145 fans, the smallest crowd in SkyDome/Rogers Centre history. The previous low was 12,571 on April 30, 2002.

--This season it took the Blue Jays until their second game of the season (Tuesday) to record a walk-off victory on Rod Barajas' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Last year, the Blue Jays didn't record a walk-off victory until July 8 vs. Baltimore.

--RHP Scott Richmond, who opens the season as the No. 5 starter in the rotation, is the first Canadian-born starter on the club since Paul Quantrill started the 1996 season in the rotation. Richmond, who is a native of Vancouver, is just the third Canadian-born starter in Blue Jays history, with Denis Boucher (1991) being the other.

--Manager Cito Gaston was thrilled with rookie LHP Ricky Romero's emergence this spring. "He seems like he's improved every time out there," Gaston said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- The most wins recorded by a Blue Jays pitcher on opening day, held by LHP Jimmy Key (1987-89).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know if I'd call it sloppy or ugly. I'll just call it a win." -- Jays manager Cito Gaston following Friday's rain-delayed victory over the Indians.

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Added: April 11, 2009

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