Jays pounded 16-0 by A's

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell (L) takes the ball from pitcher Ricky Romero to remove him...

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell (L) takes the ball from pitcher Ricky Romero to remove him from the game as catcher J.P. Arencibia looks on in the second inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Toronto July 25, 2012. (REUTERS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

TORONTO - Want the good news first?

Well, the home run horn at the Rogers Centre still works.

Outside of that ...

Catcher J.P. Arencibia fractured his right hand when hit by a Brandon Inge foul ball in the second inning Wednesday night and will miss six weeks.

In terms of catchers, Arencibia was among the American League leaders in doubles, homers and RBIs. After hitting eighth opening day, he’d climbed to fifth on manager John Farrell’s lineup card.

“I drink a lot of milk, I’ll be back quick,” Arencibia said.

Starter Ricky Romero faced 14 men and retired four in a 16-0 loss to the Oakland A’s before 23,948 fans at the Rogers Centre Wednesday night. It was the worst shutout loss in franchise history.

“It’s completely embarrassing, it’s tough to look my teammates in the eye,” said Romero, “this was pathetic. Horrible.

“I’ve never been a numbers guy, I kept working hard.”

The numbers are ugly.

Romero's ERA jumped to 5.75, 42nd worst of the 44 starters qualifying for the ERA title. Only Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana (6.00) and Baltimore Orioles’ Jake Arrieta (6.13) are higher.

NOW SQUATTING: Jeff Mathis, who pinch hit for Arencibia leading off the second, and Yan Gomes will handle catching duties. Mathis blocked the plate, down 12-0 in the eighth, as Seth Smith scored on a Yoenis Cespedes double and then the No. 1 catcher pitched the ninth, on 60 days rest. Had Mathis hurt his arm it would have been worse than Jose Canseco hurting himself pitching for the Texas Rangers in a blow out ... The Jays have experience in the booth in Buck Martinez, Alan Ashby and Gregg Zaun, all no doubt checking the fine print of their contracts to see if management can invoke emergency activation clauses ... Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud injured his PCL ligament sliding into second with triple-A Las Vegas in late June and is done for the year ... Gomes caught parts of 33 games at Vegas, but less than six innings in the majors, including the ninth when he caught Mathis. Gomes has been working with guru Don Wakamatsu on throws.

CHANDELIERS ARE NICE: The pre-game question to manager Farrell was whether Romero had lived up to his “ace” status this season. “The ace is whomever is pitching the next game,” Farrell told reporters. ... Romero pitched Wednesday and was not around for long. After an intentional walk to Cespedes, Romero walked Chris Carter on six pitches to force in a run and was booed. Farrell hooked Romero after his opening day starter allowed two doubles, two singles, six walks (one intentional) and eight runs ... “We’ll review the game with Ricky,” said Farrell, “we don’t have a magic potion. It’s not like step A, B, C or flip a switch.” ... One out after a lead-off walk in the second, Jemile Weeks worked an 11-pitch walk. Two pitches later, Romero allowed a single to Coco Crisp and a run scored as left fielder Travis Snider didn’t field the ball. Pitching coach Bruce Walton visited Romero. Romero went single, single, double, intentional walk, bases-loaded walk and exit.

IN-GAME: Edwin Encarnacion collected the first hit off right-hander A.J. Griffin with a one-out double in the fourth ... Omar Vizquel, who took over at shortstop for late scratch Yunel Escobar, singled in the fifth, his 18th hit of the season and the 2,858 of his career ... Andrew Carpenter worked four innings allowing three solo homers, two to Crisp and one to Carter ... Anthony Gose doubled in the eighth ... Fun to watch Josh Reddick is a player, as legendary scout Huey Alexander might say. Reddick jumped into the wire mesh of the right field bullpen, planted his foot and jumped to steal a hit away from Snider. That’s when the home run horn gave a partial bleat. On Tuesday he gunned down Brett Lawrie at third, after tagging at second ... Reddick hit his 20th double of the season off Romero. He has 47 RBIs.

HE KNEW: “Soon as it hit me I knew I told (plate ump Jerry Layne) and he asked if I wanted to call someone out, but I wanted to finish the inning, that’s the way I was raised," Arencibia said of his injury ... Some 18 pitches later Chad Beck recorded the final out and Arencibia made his exit. “If I would have had to throw (in a steal situation) I’m not sure what would have happened,” he said.


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