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Blue Jays: Dustin McGowan shines in Baltimore

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It took Dustin McGowan two starts, but he finally showed why the Toronto Blue Jays are still interested in his stuff.

McGowan was dominant against the Baltimore Orioles last night, allowing just five hits over 6.1 innings of work. He tossed out two batters and allowed a single walk. The bullpen closed out the game from here in perfect fashion.

In terms of offence, the Blue Jays were lucky to win this one. They managed only two hits and two runs in the whole game. Those runs came during an error-filled fourth inning by the Orioles – they would finish the night with five errors while the Blue Jays would record two.

The good news? Melky Cabrera’s hitting streak is still alive and now sits at 10 games. He’s excelled in the leadoff batter role and it’ll be interesting to see what the team does when Jose Reyes returns to the lineup.

Reyes was expected to fill the void at the top of the Blue Jays batting order when he was originally acquired from the Florida Marlins last season, but that may have changed now. There’s no point in interfering with something that obviously works.

Toronto returns to action tonight at 7:00 pm EST. Drew Hutchinson gets the start for the Blue Jays while the Orioles will counter with Bud Norris. A win tonight would guarantee the series victory for the blue birds and put them in place for the sweep on Sunday.

Returning to McGowan, it’s nice to see his perseverance pay off. It’s also good to know Don Cherry was wrong: The Blue Jays didn’t set McGowan back in his recovery by having him start in the home opener.

There’s a commercial out there where Cherry explains what he knows and what he doesn’t know (he apparently knows hockey – I mean, he almost won a Stanley Cup!). You can add baseball to the list of things he doesn’t know.

Why the Blue Jays would reset their starting rotation just five games into the new season so McGowan could avoid a certain start is beyond my comprehension. If there was an injury or legitimate fear of fatigue, then I could understand such a move (in fact, the Blue Jays did just that this week), but it’s never good to simply fidget with the starting rotation.

One move affects everyone and it makes the bullpen’s job a lot less predictable.

I’d tell Cherry to focus on hockey, but even here he causes trouble. For such a talker, why doesn’t he just focus on selling insurance? Here at least no one takes him seriously.

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