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The Globe and Mail’s Larry Millson spoke with Blue Jays hitting coach Mike Barnett about the approach the organization is preaching to their players. "That's the thing we talk about, getting good pitches to hit, working deeper in the counts," Barnett said. "And not letting pitchers get early [in the count] outs."
The Star’s Geoff Baker interviewed Reed Johnson this week.
MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin delves into the Jays final roster decisions.
The Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey discusses the possibility of pay-per-view Blue Jays games in the not-so distant future.
Ted Lilly has now pitched twice in spring training and is looking to be ready for his first regular start. "Now, you're probably going to ask how many inches the TV was," he said, politely enough. "Things just have to get moved. I feel the wrist should be behind me now." The Star’s Allan Ryan offers a report.
MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin makes note of Carlos Delgado’s knee aches, though he is not expected to miss time. "It's not fun because you want to break camp healthy," Delgado said before Toronto's 9-2 loss on Monday.
03/27/04: Vinnie Chulk optioned to AAA-Syracuse. Paul Chiaffredo, Noah Hall, Josue Matos and Dave Maurer reassigned to minor league camp.
03/30/04: Howie Clark optioned to AAA-Syracuse, making the Jays camp even more
This week in Blue Jay History
1977 - The Blue Jays trade OF John Lowenstein to the Cleveland Indians for IF Hector Torres
1994 - The Blue Jays trade IF Domingo Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for OF Mike Huff
1993 - The Blue Jays trade OF Derek Bell and OF Stoney Briggs to the San Diego Padres for OF Darrin Jackson
1999 - The Blue Jays trade IF Tomas Perez to the Anaheim Angels for IF Dave Hollins
Former Blue Jays Frank Castillo and Phil Niekro’s birthdays.
1985 - The Blue Jays trade RHP Dave Shipanoff, IF Joe Escobar, and OF Ken Kinnard to the Philadelphia Phillies for 1B Len Matuszek
1999 - Blue Jay Justin Speier was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later (Matt Targac)
2002 - Blue Jay Eric Hinske made his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox, collecting his first Major Leauge hit and RBIs with a two-run single. That same game the Blue Jays set a club record when four players were hit by pitches (since been equalled).
1982 - The Blue Jays traded 3B Aurelio Rodriguez to the Chicago White Sox for OF Wayne Nordhagen.
1998 - Blue Jay Dave Berg made his Major League debut for the Florida Marlins in a game against the Chicago Cubs.
Blue Jay Aquilino Lopez made his Major League debut against the New York Yankees.
1998 - Blue Jay Greg Myers set a career record with five RBIs for the San Diego Padres against the St. Louis Cardinals.
1999 - Blue Jay Carlos Delgado played in what would be the first of 432 consecutive games, a Blue Jays club record (ended August 4, 2002).
Former Blue Jays Jim Fregosi, Pedro Hernandez, and Rich Hacker’s birthdays.
1984 - Former Blue Jay Jim Clancy set a Blue Jay club record for pitchers with eight assists in one game against the Seattle Mariners.
- Former Blue Jay George Bell hit three HR off Bret Saberhagen on opening day, a Major League record.
1994 - Blue Jay Carlos Delgado recorded his first Major League H, HR, and RBI against the Chicago White Sox.
2000 - Blue Jay Valerio De Los Santos made his first Major League start, pitching five innings for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Cincinnati Reds.
2001 - Blue Jay Carlos Delgado hit three HR against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He has accomplished the feat a total of four times.
2002 - Blue Jay Eric Hinske set a career record with three doubles in one game. He has since equalled the feat once.