Blue Jays' stars shine bright

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Two out and no one on, time to warm up the bus?

"As long as someone still has a bat in their hands we still have a chance," the Blue Jays' Troy Glaus said.

Paul Konerko of the White Sox singled off Trevor Hoffman, Glaus hit a ground-rule double to left and then Michael Young of the Rangers stroked an 0-2 triple to right centre and the 77th all-star game, one of the best for the Blue Jays, was in the books.

"Trevor's got over 400 saves and I've been on the wrong end of a few of them," Glaus said.

B.J. Ryan deals in saves, but he wound up with the win and a game ball last night. In his scoreless eighth, he got Brian McCann on a ground ball to short, struck out David Eckstein and retired Matt Holliday on a liner to third.

So Ryan got the win, Vernon Wells threw out a runner at the plate, Glaus scored the winning run and Glaus' double also helped the stage to take Roy Halladay off the hook for the loss.

Wells saved a run for Halladay when he charged a line-drive single off the bat of Carlos Beltran and threw out Alfonso Soriano at the plate in the third inning.

Of course, it helped when Soriano ran through the stop sign of third base coach Jerry Narron.

Wells flew out to centre against Brad Penny in the second and lined a single to left facing right-hander Bronson Arroyo with two out in the fifth.

Wells is now 2-for-4 in two all-star game appearances.

Halladay allowed one run in his inning of work in the third. Halladay gave up a single to centre on a 1-2 pitch to Pirate and Canadian Jason Bay to begin the third inning. He quickly escaped any further problems by getting Edgar Renteria to hit into a 4-6-4 double play and retired David Wright on a grounder to Jeter.

Halladay threw 22 pitches -- 13 for strikes -- in his two innings, allowing three singles and a run, while striking out one.

In two all-star outings, Halladay has now worked three innings allowing four runs (a 12.00 ERA) while striking out two.

The NL hung a three-spot on Halliday in 2002.

Alex Rios, the fifth Jay elected who was in hospital last week due to a leg infection, did not play but took his turn during pre-game introductions.

All, in all, a good time was had by all.


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