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MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

LAST NIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG

ON THE HILL

The Blue Jays got some good news for a change regarding an injured pitcher when right-hander Shaun Marcum, who underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery last September, threw three innings Monday for class-A Dunedin. Marcum allowed two hits, didn't allow a run and struck out one. "The reports were that he felt good, he looked good," Jays assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos said. "His next outing he's scheduled to go four innings. Tentatively we have him scheduled to be back up in Toronto by Aug. 5 or 6. But if he needs a little more time, he needs a little more time."

SNIDER SLUGS

Remember outfielder Travis Snider? He was the rookie who mashed the ball all spring and started the season on a lot of positive vibes with his extraordinary power. Then he began to slide, the average and power dried up, and he was sent to triple-A on May 22. After eight games with Las Vegas his back became too sore to play and he was rested. Now he's back with Vegas and recently hit a two-run home run. "He's back playing and we're going to try to get him as many at-bats as we can," Anthopoulos said last night. He added that Snider didn't hurt his back when he was with the Jays. In 31 games with the Jays, Snider hit .242 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

STAYING PUT

Anthopoulos said the Jays never have entertained the idea of sending struggling left-hander B.J. Ryan to the minor leagues to give him the time to work out his problems. "Not really," he replied. "There have been some spurts where he has thrown well and there's been some others where he didn't throw as well. It's inconsistent and we'll continue to work with him. You never know with relievers when they're going to click again."

NEXT UP

Tonight -- Blue Jays (LHP Brian Tallet, 5-6, 5.38) at Rays (LHP Scott Kazmir, 4-5, 6.79) TSN, Fan 590, 7:08 p.m.


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