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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28


Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28
--The Blue Jays are finally getting some good news regarding 2B Aaron Hill, who is recovering from post-concussion syndrome. Hill has not played since colliding with SS David Eckstein in a game on May 29. After being checked out at the University of Pittsburgh last weekend, a two-week period of non-activity was recommended. Hill was even told not to show up at Rogers Centre. Although it hasn't been a full two weeks, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said that Hill is showing improvement.

"He's starting to feel a little better," Ricciardi said Friday. "His head is starting to clear up (no signs of dizziness, fuzziness or headaches). Hopefully he'll be able to go to (Dunedin,) Florida, on Monday and begin some player activity. We will monitor him closely, and once we feel that he's ready, we'll get him into some games."

--Managers Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox, who are longtime friends and were the respective managers for the Jays and the Braves in the 1992 World Series, which Toronto won in six games, are the only two current major league managers to have managed the same team twice, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

--Manager Cito Gaston used the same lineup for the fourth consecutive game, in which time the team has gone 2-2. "It's tough to change when you're winning," Gaston said. "At the start I tried a few different lineups and I got to this one pretty quick." His lineup features four right-handed hitters, four left-handed hitters and one switch hitter, C Gregg Zaun. Except when Vernon Wells follows Alex Rios in the batting order, the lineup goes right, left, right, left. Both Rios and Wells bat right-handed. "I like left, right, left, right," Gaston said. "So far, it's been pretty good."

--With his single in the seventh inning, RF Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to five games. He's gone 11-for-22 in that span.

--The lone Blue Jay prospect at the All-Star Futures Game, July 13 at Yankee Stadium, will be 2B Scott Campbell of Auckland, New Zealand, who plays for Class AA New Hampshire. Campbell, 23, was selected by the Jays in the 10th round of the 2006 draft, and he leads the Eastern League with a .351 average.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- The number of managers the Blue Jays have had since J.P. Ricciardi was hired as the general manager on Nov. 14, 2001.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I still feel I'm the best manager Toronto has never hired." -- Ernie Whitt, the Jays' former first-base coach who was bitter over being fired last Friday after spending most of his baseball life in the Jays' organization as a player or a coach.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 28, 2008

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