Thursday, March 19, 2009

An old friend visits


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The last time A.J. Burnett saw the Toronto Blue Jays, he was tipping his cap towards the fans at the Rogers Centre for what would be is final outing as a Blue Jay. Later today, there won't be any jovial bantering or celebratory hugs - it'll be all business.

Burnett heads to the hill to face his former Toronto teammates in what should an interesting Grapefruit League match up. A.J. hasn't really had that much work in spring training, pitching 6 total innings and has yet to surrender a run.

Seeing A.J. in pinstripes has me eagerly anticipating a possible Halladay/Burnett showdown at the Rogers Centre this season. Can you imagine what that would be like? The Jays and Yankees play 18 times this season, with 9 of those games at the Rogers Centre. That means Burnett could potentially pitch against the Blue Jays 3 times this season, depending on how the Jays & Yankees starting rotations sync up. I'm betting that Jays fans are praying for just one Burnett match up to release the boo-birds.

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