Roy Halladay is really good ... and he is also very quick.
The Philadelphia Phillies right-hander is the fastest-working starting pitcher in the major leagues according to a study by the Wall Street Journal.
Halladay has taken an average of 16.8 seconds between pitches. The average major-league starter takes 21.2 seconds.
The Cleveland Indians have the second- and third-quickest hurlers, Derek Lowe at 17.2 seconds and Justin Masterson at 17.2. Indeed, the Indians rotation overall ranks No. 1 in speed, followed by the Phillies and the Florida Marlins.
The New York Yankees (24.0 seconds) and Boston Red Sox (24.7 seconds) are the slowest.
The slowest individuals are Hiroki Kuroda of the Yanks at 25.7 seconds and Boston's Clay Buchholz at 27.3.
DAMON DEAL DONE
Johnny Damon officially has signed with the Cleveland Indians and is expected to join the team in May after a few weeks of conditioning in Arizona.
When he joins the Indians, it is expected Damon will share left field with Shelley Duncan.
"He's not coming in here with any type of promise," manager Manny Acta told the Plain Dealer on Tuesday. "He understands we'll put the best team on the field to win ball games."
Damon, 38, enters the season 277 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. He spent 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI.
Damon signed a minor-league deal worth $1.2 million for 2012, with another $1.4 million available in bonuses. He will work out at the Indians training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., then play a few games with triple-A Columbus before moving to Cleveland.
METS TO HAIL REYES
The New York Mets are taking the high road with Jose Reyes and will honour the shortstop who signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent during the off-season.
The Mets will acknowledge Reyes' nine seasons as a Met with a video tribute next Tuesday when the Marlins visit New York, the Daily News reported.
Reyes, 28, won the NL batting title last season with a.337 average, then signed a six-year, $106-million contract with Miami in December.
WEEDING OUT THE FANS
The Toronto Blue Jays just said no when a spectator showed up for their home opener dressed as a marijuana leaf.
A video is making the rounds on the information superhighway showing the fan being escorted out of the Rogers Centre during the game April 9 between the Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.
The word "cannabis" was printed on the back of the fan's green costume.
Later, Dustin Pedroia smoked a homer as the Red Sox rallied for a 4-2 win on the artificial grass.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Miguel Cairo was place on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Tuesday, while infielder/outfielder Todd Frazier was recalled from triple-A Louisville. Frazier, 26, hit .232 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 41 games with Cincinnati last season ... The Baltimore Orioles claimed catcher Luis Exposito off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To make room on their 40-man roster, former highly regarded prospect Josh Bell has been designated for assignment ... Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood returned to Chicago to have a cortisone shot in his right shoulder. The Cubs are hoping he avoids going on the disabled list ... The Indians have placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the bereavement list. Cabrera has returned to his native Venezuela because of a death in the family.