Cecil in blender bender

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

TORONTO - Since lefty Brett Cecil cut his left index finger while cleaning a blender in the clubhouse Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston, he was scratched from his Friday start against the New York Yankees. Taking his place was right-hander Dustin McGowan. “We thought that would be the least disruptive,” manager John Farrell told reporters. McGowan, who was scheduled to start Sunday, previously pitched five days against the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays had off days Monday and Thursday which allowed them to alter plans without throwing any starter off their routine.

Henderson Alvarez starts for the Jays on Saturday and Brandon Morrow has been moved up into McGowan’s previous spot. Cecil is scheduled to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday at the Rogers Centre.

A-ROD SCRATCHED

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, scheduled to make his return Friday, did not play, but took batting practice in the cage and hopes to play Saturday. Rodriguez swung with a strip of athletic tape around the handle of his bat that served as a pad between his hands.

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

The success of the Jays minor-league system (five teams reached post-season play, four reached league finals) is reflected in the annual all-star team choices from the highly-respected Baseball America.

Brett Lawrie of Langley B.C., was named player of the year at triple-A and all-star third baseman after hitting .353 with 18 homers and 61 RBIs at Las Vegas. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud made the double-A all-star team hitting .311 with 21 homers and 78 RBIs at New Hampshire. Centre fielder Jake Marisnick was selected to the class-A team hitting .320 with 14 homers and 77 RBIs at Lansing. Lefty Justin Nicolino earned short-season class-A honours by going 5-1 with a 1.03 ERA at Vancouver. Outfielder Erie Arce made rookie-class team hitting .268 with a league record 14 homers and 40 RBIs.

Dennis Holmberg earned manager of the year honours after his season at Bluefield.

SLUGGER GIVES

Former OPP top cop Joe Crozier was on hand to present right fielder Jose Bautista with a plaque for his fund-raising efforts. Bautista donated bats, balls and jerseys. Crozier said $10,000 was raised for the Orillia Hospice and the OPP Veteran’s Association. Bautista had done similar find-raising events the previous two years for the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie


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