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Jays Hit Halladay Hard In Spring Start

Roy Halladay allowed four runs on five hits in the first inning against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He then struck out four straight batters and retired the final seven men he faced.

Halladay spent his first 12 seasons in Toronto before being traded to Philadelphia in December.

The Blue Jays topped the Phillies 5-2 in the game.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Blue Jays Release Joey Gathright

The Blue Jays have released outfielder Joey Gathright.

Toronto gave Gathright plenty of time to impress this spring, but he wasn't able to produce. He hit just .167 in 43 at-bats.

Via MLB Trade Rumors

Marcum To Start Opener For Blue Jays

Shaun Marcum will be the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays.

It will mark the first time in eight years that Roy Halladay, who Toronto dealt to Philadelphia in a three-team deal, isn't the team's Opening Day starter.

"I think he's earned it from what he's done in the past," manager Cito Gaston said of Marcum, 12-9 in 2007 and 9-7 in 2008 before a sore elbow ended his season.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Toronto Has Huge Asset In Tango

Tom Tango, one of Toronto's offseason additions, is a self-taught expert in the science of baseball statistics (referred to as sabermetrics), which is gaining authoritative influence in front offices and on the field.

"There's nobody better than (Tango) in the world," said Wayne Winston, a professor of decision sciences at Indiana University and author of Mathletics.

"He's a genius. He knows everything about baseball. I think he'll help (the Jays) a lot to make better decisions."

Consider the Seattle Mariners had 61 wins in the 2008 season before the team hired Tango as a statistical consultant. Last season, wins jumped 24 games to 85.

"The best you can say is that everyone involved had some value-added and that's the extent of quantifying my contributions," said Tango.

Roughly two-thirds of baseball clubs have someone like Tango crunching numbers to determine the optimal decision in specific situations.

Co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, the 40-something Tango is a trained computer programmer and analyst who took on baseball stats as a side job six years ago.

"Reading Bill James and (sabermetrics pioneer and author of The Hidden Game of Baseball) Pete Palmer was the trigger moment for me, and most people my age," Tango says.

Via Toronto Star

Fien Back With Tigers After Waiver Carousel

The Tigers announced Saturday morning that they've re-signed Casey Fien to a minor-league contract, three weeks and two teams after they designated him for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on the roster.

Boston claimed him on March 1, but no sooner did Fien report to their big league camp than the Red Sox tried to get him through waivers. The Blue Jays then claimed him March 4, and Fien headed back up I-75 to report to camp with them. Then Toronto released him on Thursday.

Via MLB.com

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