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After having a day to recharge their batteries, the Toronto Blue Jays will look to ride the momentum of their 16-inning marathon victory over the host Cleveland Indians into Saturday’s afternoon tilt. J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the final frame capped the longest opening-day game in Major League Baseball history.
Although the contest took five hours, 14 minutes, the Indians will need a lot more time to see if their offense will make its presence felt this season. After its four-run second inning Thursday, Cleveland mustered only four hits the rest of the way (4-for-40).
Toronto Cleveland Betting
When: 1:05 PM ET, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, RSN (Toronto), STO (Cleveland)
Morrow was in regular-season form during spring training, allowing only one run in 17 1/3 innings. Relying heavily on the strikeout, Morrow fanned 17 batters in 13 frames last season versus Cleveland – although he dropped his lone decision. He is 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA in his career against the Indians.
Jimenez showed a great deal of fire in spring training – although most of it was directed at former Colorado Rockies teammate Troy Tulowitzki. Jimenez, who is appealing a five-game suspension after hitting Tulowitzki with a pitch, struggled on the mound in the spring and has yet to regain his form from the early part of the 2010 season.
1. Toronto slugger Jose Bautista picked up where he left off in 2011 by going 3-for-4 with a home run Thursday. Bautista, however, has failed to get a hit in nine career at-bats versus Jimenez.
2. Cleveland’s Jack Hannahan homered for the second straight season on opening day – and third time in his career. Hannahan is only 1-for-7 in his career versus Morrow.
3. The Blue Jays’ bullpen was downright spectacular Thursday as seven relievers combined for 11 scoreless innings.