Jays fall to Royals as Dyson debuts

Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez pitches against the Royals at the Rogers Centre in Toronto,...

Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez pitches against the Royals at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., July 5, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

TORONTO - After changing into a major-league uniform for the first time, Sam Dyson had a challenge.

He had to find a garbage bin inside the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse to get rid of all the wrapping that contained his new garb.

The right-hander found a bucket with ease and handled his pre-game media scrum the same way.

Unfortunately, his fellow pitchers Henderson Alvarez, with a five-run fifth inning, and reliever Francisco Cordero, with a three-run eighth, struggled in an 9-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals before 20,598 fans at the Rogers Centre Thursday night.

Jays manager John Farrell said Dyson “may have the best stuff in the entire organization.”

Wow!

When told of that compliment, Dyson handled it in stride, too.

This is a guy who didn’t throw a pitch last season, who started this year at class-A Dunedin and was then promoted to double-A New Hampshire. Players asked “what’s the name of the new guy?” After being told, the reply was “never heard of him.”

Even Farrell admitted Dyson had not been on his radar until a month ago.

Who was this guy? Sidd Finch?

Still, the arrival of Slice and Dyson, was the news of the day.

“I’d by lying if I told you I wasn’t excited,” Jays assistant general manager Andrew Tinnish said of Dyson, the first player he’s drafted to reach the majors. Tinnish’s duties as scouting director end at 5 o’clock Friday, the deadline for signing players.

“We’ve had him at 98 MPH, he pitches at 93-94,” said Tinnish. “He has one of the best ground-ball-to-fly-out ratios in the minors (3.3), but he has swing and miss capabilities. He struck out two the other night in an 11-pitch inning.”

While the Jays have been unable to turn to former first-round picks Chad Jenkins or Deck McGuire to replace their injured pitching staff this season, Dyson is advertised as having the ability to pitch into the seventh inning, according to Farrell.

IN GAME

Seven straight Royals hitter reached base against Alvarez with one out in the third -- four singles, two walks and a double -- for a five-run inning. Stomping off the mound, Alvarez ripped his protective glasses off his face and snapped them. He pitched a shutout over the next 2 1/3 innings without his trademark Oakleys ... Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who had a lengthy talk with president Paul Beeston before the game -- no doubt on his stroke -- hit a two-run homer in third and a solo homer in the seventh ... Cordero took over in the eighth and allowed three runs. In his previous two outings, Cordero has allowed six runs on nine hits, including two homers ... Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar singled in a run in the eighth and pinch hitter Ben Francisco followed with a two-run triple to make it an 8-6 game.

THE UNVEILING

Dyson, 24, came on in the seventh with two out and looked nervous walking Billy Butler on four pitches and throwing a ball to the screen before fanning Yuniesky Betancourt. His fastball sat in the 90-93 MPH range ... “I would hope he would be nervous,” said Farrell. “It shows that he’s human. The more he gets his feet under him, the more we’ll see what he did in New Hampshire.”

BLUNDERS AND BOBBLES

Cordero was late covering first base in the eighth on Eric Hosmer’s two-run, infield single. If he’s on time, the Jays are down 6-3 instead of 8-3 ... Escobar was subject to a double play off second on Rajai Davis’ soft liner in the fourth and so was Colby Rasmus off first on a Jose Bautista liner to third, which ended the game ... “Cordero not getting over, that’s a big play,” said Farrell. “Your first instinct as a base runner should be to freeze. Those plays hurt, too.”

ON SITE

Tinnish hosted pre-draft discussions on Dyson. “John Hendricks, our area guy, did a good scouting job. We all liked (Dyson),” said Tinnish. There were concerns about Dyson’s health. A medical redshirt with the South Carolina Gamecocks, he's had multiple surgeries on both shoulders and a nerve in his right elbow. “Obviously there was a risk, we were gambling, we knew there was a chance for further surgery,” said Tinnish, who drafted Dyson in the fourth round of this year's draft and gave him a $600,000 bonus. Tinnish said Dyson would have been a compensation pick without the health worries ... Tinnish was watching instructional ball in 2010 at Dunedin when Dyson had a pain in his right elbow and left the game. Dyson had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and did not pitch until this spring. “I think he was relieved because he knew it was going to happen,” Tinnish said ... The first player former Jays scouting director Jon Lalonde drafted who made the majors was Casey Janssen. “That’s a good first one to have,” said Tinnish.

FINALLY

As New Hampshire players shook hands after Wednesday’s walk-off win, manager Sal Fasano told Dyson to come to his office. “I thought I was in trouble,” said Dyson, whose parents had flown in from Tampa. Told of his promotion he walked -- he didn’t phone -- to the hotel in left field and told his mother and father of the promotion. “My mom was pretty excited, jumping up and down.”


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