Jays shutout Rays 5-0

By on March 17, 2012

(Eddie Michels photo)

DUNEDIN, Fla.—The Toronto Blue Jays white washed the Tampa Bay Rays Friday 5-0 allowing the visitors just two hits for their 12 win of the spring.

LHP Ricky Romero (left) got the win tossing four no hit innings walking two and striking out four on 52-pitches, 29-strikes.

An oddity to his performance was the fact that out of the 13 hitters he faced, Romero only delivered a first pitch strike to four of them.

RHP Jeff Niemann took the loss for the Rays allowing four runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.  Niemann is looking to make the Rays opening day roster as their fifth starter.

Jeff Niemann (Eddie Michels photo)

Travis Snider went 2-3 with a solo homer in the sixth with Yunel Escobar and JP Arencibia also adding two hits each for the Jays

Transactions: The Blue Jays reassigned LHP Evan Crawford and RHP Joel Carreno to their minor league camp.

JAYS NOTES: 3B Brett Lawrie left the game in fourth inning, according to Farrell he was suffering from tightness in his left groin area. …Lakeland resident and Blue Jays prospect Drew Hutchinson is

Rays righty #44 Matt Bush pitched one inning, a perfect 7th (Eddie Michels photo)

scheduled to throw three innings on Saturday when the team makes its shortest road trip of the spring, a whole five miles to Clearwater to play the Phillies.

Jays prospect Chad Jenkins pitched three solid innings giving up just 2 hits and notching 3 k's. the 2 hits were the only on the day for Tampa (Eddie Michels photo)

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