Scouting Report: Blue Jays Update

July 10, 2009|By Dan Connolly

With a loss Thursday to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays (43-44) have dropped under .500 for the first time this season and have clinched fourth place in the AL East for the first half. They have struggled recently, dropping six of their first eight July games and 11 of their past 14.

The Jays recently cut former Orioles closer B.J. Ryan and are fielding offers for ace Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.85). The Orioles catch a break in the series, since they won't face Oriole-killer Halladay. But they will be getting left-hander Ricky Romero, who is a leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year.

The series also will mark the homecoming of former University of Maryland star Brett Cecil, who will be making his Camden Yards debut. The Jays' offense is led by second baseman Aaron Hill and designated hitter Adam Lind.

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