Sox say Jays cheated

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

In the wake of taking two of three from the Red Sox, the local nine were accused of a little cheating by their hosts.

According to Sunday's losing pitcher, Bronson Arroyo, the Jays were relaying signs from second base to their hitters at the plate. Arroyo helped pave the way, if that was indeed what the Jays were doing, by putting four Blue Jays on second in the first two innings of Sunday's 5-2 Jays win. Midway through the second inning, Sox catcher Jason Varitek also assumed the Jays had broken their code and trotted out to confer with Arroyo and change the signs.

"Tek came out after Orlando Hudson's second inning double down the left field line," Arroyo told reporters. "He was like, 'Man, they got them already.' It only took three pitches ... We had to switch up the signs. Obviously with a guy like (Roy) Halladay on the mound, one or two runs could be enough to win."

Arroyo was certainly correct on that final point.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

Gabe Gross doesn't get the opportunity to start too many games, but when he does, he tends to make the best of it. The Blue Jays outfielder, who set spring training on fire with an American League-leading nine home runs, has started eight games this season and lately seems to be pushing for a little more playing time. In his past four starts, Gross is 7-for-13 with a pair of runs scored. With Reed Johnson and Frank Catalanotto already platooning in left field, the only time Gross gets a start is when Alex Rios takes a breather.

HUDSON STREAKING

Orlando Hudson has been putting his time in with hitting coach Mickey Brantley and it's paying off for the Jays second baseman. In the three-game series in Boston, Hudson went 5-for-12 with a pair of doubles, a triple, three RBIs and five runs scored. He has now hit safely in seven consecutive games going 11-for-29 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. He has scored at least one run in each of the past five games.


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