Futures wasn't bright for Jays' Romero

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Blue Jays' lone representative to the Futures Game, lefty Davis Romero, had the roughest outing of the 16 pitchers used yesterday.

Romero faced seven hitters. After retiring leadoff man Neil Walker on a grounder allowed five singles in a row and a two-run homer to Joe Koshansky in the five-run third inning.

Romero allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning. And he had to thank an alert cut-off and throw to first, when Josh Fields made too big a turn at first and was cut down for his second out.

On the market

The Jays are offering Vito Chiaravalloti to teams in trade talks at the all-star game. Chiaravalloti, who won the triple crown in 2003 at class-A Auburn, is hitting .194 with six homers and 18 RBIs at double-A New Hampshire.

Canuck managers

Managing the World team was Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, Ont., the former Cy Young award winner and only Canadian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Guiding Team USA was former Montreal Expo Gary Carter, who also is a Hall of Famer.

Fathers' sons

Gary Matthews Jr. of the Texas Rangers will appear in his first all-star game tomorrow.

His father Gary, the former Blue Jays hitting coach, was in the 1979 game.

They will become the 12th father-and-son duo to appear in an all-star game.

A pup

Seattle Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez is the youngest position player on the 2006 American League all-star team.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lopez will become the youngest all-star second baseman since Roberto Alomar in 1990. Lopez will be 22 years, 230 days at game time. Alomar was 75 days younger.

Lopez also was the youngest player in the 2002 Futures Game at Milwaukee, as well as the youngest player in the class-A California League in 2002 and double-A Texas League in 2003.


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