Amidst changes, Jays rebound against O's

Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill makes the double play against Matt Wieters and the Orioles at...

Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill makes the double play against Matt Wieters and the Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., July 27, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

TORONTO - On a day that the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded against the Baltimore Orioles with a 3-0 win Wednesday at the Rogers Centre, they waved goodbye to the player with the longest tenure on the team, Jason Frasor.

A week ago, Frasor eclipsed Duane Ward by making his 453rd appearance as a Blue Jay to set a club record, and he departs having made 455. It's a record that may not be broken for a long time to come, if ever.

“It’s strange, but it’s going to be all right” Frasor said of the trade to the White Sox and his hometown of Chicago. “I can’t believe it’s Chicago, of all teams, of all cities. I’ve never been in a pennant race, so that’s pretty exciting. It’s going to be all right but it’s hard to leave here.”

In Wednesday's game, Toronto's Jose Bautista, who was hit in the head in the third inning of Tuesday’s game and forced to leave, was back at third base and contributed with an RBI single.

The long ball was supplied by Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who hit his 16th homer in the fourth.

On the mound, Ricky Romero rebounded from two losses in his last two decisions by blanking the Orioles and allowing four hits over 8 1/3 innings.

The news of the day, though, wasn’t the game but the two trades made by Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and their ramifications.

When prospect Brett Lawrie arrives from Las Vegas, the Jays will more or less be set offensively and as far as position players go.

The only question is who will play left field as they will have Eric Thames, Travis Snider and Rajai Davis as candidates.

“I’ve thought about it a lot and I don’t know,” Anthopoulos said. “I figure it will work itself out and it’s a good problem to have.

“I don’t expect us to do anything else trade-wise. But things can change. That will be a good problem to have, it’s a great problem for us to have.”

The coming off-season will be one where the emphasis will be on rebuilding the Jays' bullpen.

“It’s an area that we need to continue to improve upon,” Anthopoulos said. “It will have to be a focus for us in the off-season. We took a little out of the bullpen (with the trades) and it hasn’t necessarily been a strength. We took away good relievers and that’s going to hurt us in the short term. It’s part of the price that we needed to pay (to make the deals).

“I feel we have a better chance to correct it in the off-season.”


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