Jesse Litsch appears to have some separation on the competition in his bid to rejoin the Blue Jaysí starting rotation after two injury-plagued seasons.
Litsch tossed three shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves in Orlando Friday and has yet to give up a run in five innings over two outings.
Against the Braves he allowed a hit and struck out four and still has not walked a man this spring.
Meanwhile, lefthander Marc Rzepczynski had a major hiccup Friday. After cruising through two perfect innings in his debut against the Tigers last Sunday, he faced eight Braves hitters and got only two outs, allowing five hits and a walk before getting the hook.
Today, Kyle Drabek, a heavy favourite to grab one of the two rotation spots available, will make his first spring start in Dunedin against the Detroit Tigers. Drabek missed his scheduled start last Monday with a stiff neck. Heíll be followed by Jo-Jo Reyes, another rotation candidate who had trouble with his control in his two-inning debut.