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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30

Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30
--RHP Roy Halladay's Cy Young chances are taking a beating at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays. Halladay and the Rays matched up for the third time this season Tuesday, and the count is now 3-0 in Tampa's favor. Halladay has now lost two of his past three starts, both of the losses coming against the Rays. He allowed three runs in eight innings Tuesday.

"I think they're pitching better," Halladay said of why they're so tough now. "I think they've always had some pretty good offensive players, always had good hitters, always made you work. We usually got to their pitching, especially in their bullpen, where they've solidified things and made it tougher to score runs late."

--3B Scott Rolen went 0-for-3 to stretch his hitless streak to 0-for-17, his longest hitless run of the season.

--In Monday's victory, Brad Wilkerson and Joe Inglett recorded back-to-back triples, marking the first time that's happened for the Jays since Frank Menechino and Orlando Hudson did the deed on July 1, 2004, vs. the Rays.

--A revealing stat showing the effectiveness of relievers is the number of inherited runners they have allowed to score. It is a far better measuring stick than a reliever's ERA. On the Jays, LHP Jesse Carlson is the most effective reliever they have when it comes to stranding runners. Of the 35 runners he has inherited this season, just four have scored. A surprising second on the club is RHP Jason Frasor, who has inherited 28 runners and allowed four to score. Carlson's ERA in 44 appearances is 2.00, while Frasor, who has made 36 appearances, has an ERA of 3.71.

--It's hard to believe that the Matt Stairs of this homestand is the same Matt Stairs who was the Jays' DH on their recently completed road trip. In his travels through Tampa and Baltimore, Stairs was 2-for-25 with 12 strikeouts. In the four games he's started on this homestand, Stairs has gone 6-for-13 with a double, a triple and a pair of two-run home runs.

On the road, Stairs said he was a lost puppy and trying things that weren't working. At home he's committed to pulling the ball as he has done his entire career.

"I'm just back to trying to pull everything," Stairs said. "Before I was trying to be too much of a hitter, which is not me. I was trying to hit the ball to left field, up the middle. My leg kick was late, my bat was dragging through the zone.

"I think everyone goes through it (a bad slump) every year, and you try something different, but you usually go back to your old style. That's baseball."

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Multi-homer games in RF Alex Rios' career. He had his second in the July 26 victory over the Mariners.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've got to start winning series. Just continue to play well, taking each game separately and going out and trying to win each one is important. The optimism's been a lot better. Hopefully we can just continue that, where when we go out there like we feel like we have a chance to win every time and play that way." -- RHP Roy Halladay on the Jays' goals for the remainder of the season.

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Added: July 30, 2008

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