Sharp outing for Hutchison
CLEARWATER, Fla.—Drew Hutchison gave up one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Toronto Blue Jays blank the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 yesterday.
Hutchison is scheduled to start Toronto’s second regular-season game on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The right-hander beat out several candidates, including Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers, and Ricky Romero, for a spot in the Jays’ starting rotation.
He was 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season.
“I battled today,” Hutchison admitted. “I wasn’t really crisp.
“I got behind way too much, actually.
“But on days like that, I can come back and make good pitches, it’s a good sign,” he added.
Dioner Navarro hit a sacrifice fly off Phillies’ starter A.J. Burnett in the fourth.
Gabe Jacobo added a two-run single in the eighth.
Hutchison said despite close competition, he never doubted his chances to make the rotation and is prepared to show he belongs.
“For me, I expected to make the team,” he remarked. “This is not anything [surprising].
I expected to make the team and now I’m ready to go perform.”
On the injury front, Jays’ shortstop Jose Reyes missed his fifth-straight game with left hamstring tightness.
He is expected to play today against the N.Y. Mets in Montreal.
First baseman Edwin Encarnacion said he feels better, but was given the day off after being hit by a pitch on his right forearm Wednesday against the N.Y. Yankees.
Toronto also put left-hander J.A. Happ on the 15-day DL.