Cecil’s Strong Springs continues, Jays top Phils 10-2

By on March 19, 2012

Yunel Escobar dances around the second sack as the Jays beat the Phils 10-2. Escobar did his part going 2 for 4, with two doubles, 2 RBI and scoring a run (Eddie Michels photo)

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Lefty Brett Cecil improved to 3-0 while fellow lefty Cole Hamels dropped

Cole Hamels (Eddie Michels photo)

to 0-1 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 in Grapefruit League play.

Cecil’s era rose to 0.90 as he gave up his first run of the spring on four hits as he struck out two.

Hamels lasted just 3 1/3 innings allowing five runs, four earned on eight hits without walking or striking out a batter.

Yan Gomes led Blue Jays hitters going 3-3 with two doubles and three RBI while the Phillies Luis Montanez went 3-4 with a double.

2010 and 2011 major league home run champ Jose Bautista added a homer for the Blue

Jays outfielder Anthony Gose swipes seconds (Eddie Michels photo)

Jays in the sixth with one aboard his third of the spring.

Carlos Villanueva, who earlier in the spring has suffered a coldness in his right arm below

Shane Victorino slides into third with a triple, look at Omar Vizquel get up off the dirt (Eddie Michels photo)

the elbow threw two scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out one.

After the game manager John Farrell stated that Villanueva was fine.

TRANSACTIONS: The Jays assigned RHP’s Jerry Gil,  Deck McGuire and C Antonio Jimenez to their minor league camp while 1B Mike McDade and C Travis d’Arnaud were optioned to their minor league camp.

BLUE JAYS NOTES: With the Jays being off Monday RHP Henderson Alvarez will pitch in a Triple-A  game at the team’s Englebert Complex. Pitching for the Los Vegas 51’s Alvarez is scheduled to go five innings against the Empire State Yankees aka Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees at 1 PM. …3B Brett Lawrie (left groin strain) is not on a time table yet for his return to game action.  “He’ll continue to get treatment on Monday,” said manager John Farrell, “We’re going to be sure there is nothing lingering there.”

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