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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-09-05

Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2008-09-05
--LF Travis Snider had another big night, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. In the fifth inning, the rookie hit a line shot over the fence in center for his first big-league run. At 20 years, 215 days old, Snider is the fourth-youngest Jay to hit a home run in franchise history. Future basketball star Danny Ainge was 20 years, 79 days old when he belted one out in 1979.

--RF Alex Rios is on a five-game hitting streak for the ninth time this season. Rios is batting .361 (22-for-61) over his last 14 games with six doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

--C Rod Barajas is showing no signs of wearing down even though he has played almost every game the past month. Barajas has hit safely in eight of his past nine games, going 10-for-35 (.286) with five RBIs.

--Manager Cito Gaston has too many players with too few positions, so he has had to resort to a lot of shuffling when he makes out his lineup. Currently, he is attempting to rotate three infielders (John McDonald, Joe Inglett and Marco Scutaro) into two spots (shortstop and second base). The result is that McDonald, who is the best defender but is the weakest offensively, has seen the least amount of action, starting just two of the past six games.

"It's a tough decision," Gaston said. "(Friday) Mac will probably be in to give Scutaro a rest, and then when we face some left-handers (next week when they play the White Sox), Joe will be out."

Gaston said he also wants to make sure he gives INF Jose Bautista some playing time. That may result next week in CF Vernon Wells and RF Alex Rios getting a spot in the DH position.

--LHP Jesse Carlson came out of the bullpen Wednesday and got the win, improving to 6-1. It was the second win in as many days for Carlson, making him the first Jay to pull off the deed since Scott Downs on July 15-16, 2006. The six wins in relief for Carlson are also the second-highest total in the American League and the most by a Jays reliever since Paul Quantrill had 11 in 2001.

BY THE NUMBERS: 100 -- The speed in miles per hour on a fastball by Jays reliever Brandon League in the seventh inning Saturday against the Yankees. League, who missed almost all of 2007 with muscle issues in his back, has been dominating the past month.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I enjoyed my time (as a Jay) and the fans were unbelievable. The organization was unbelievable and I had a blast there. I'll look forward to going back there (Rogers Centre) for the WBC (World Baseball Classic), that's for sure." -- Veteran Canadian DH Matt Stairs, who was traded to the Phillies.

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