Two men came in, but only one left with their dignity and their chance at a spot on the rotation. Luckily, it was Scott Richmond who emerged as the winner in the battle of the arms - but the Blue Jays lost 11-6 to the Minnesota Twins.
Matt Clement, the man who arguably had the best chance at a starting rotation job, will probably be an afterthought after giving up 9 runs, 6 hits, and 7 walks over the course of 4.3 innings. Richmond came up and cleaned the mess, but was touched for 2 runs in close to 4 innings of work. His pitch location sounds like it's incredible, because he's only surrendered one walk in 9 total innings. Compare that to Clement's 12, and you can see why Richmond has the lead in the starting rotation race. Not to mention, Scotty did all this on only 2 days rest. Bonus points!
And just when we think that the Blue Jays starting rotation picture might finally become clear, we hear that Ricky Romero will start tomorrow's game against the Cincinnati Reds. If Romero impresses tomorrow, he could leapfrog Brad Mills for the 5th starting rotation job. But hell, we've seen that a lot can happen in one week of spring training. I wouldn't be surprised if they have Josh Towers in speed dial just in case.