Cecil can't pitch Jays to sweep

Jays starter Brett Cecil suffered his fourth loss of the season on Sunday, losing to the Tigers....

Jays starter Brett Cecil suffered his fourth loss of the season on Sunday, losing to the Tigers. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:54 PM ET

TORONTO - Since our electronic listening devices have been removed from the Blue Jays ivory tower, one never knows exactly the thought process of the decisions makers.

You know, the decisions to send two unproductive big leaguers and five prospects to the Houston Astros for reliever Brandon Lyon, starter J.A. Happ and a minor leaguer.

Happ still resides in the Jays bullpen and looks as happy about his new mailing address as hearing the words “sir, that tooth is going to have to come out, sorry we’re out of freezing.”

Our best guess is that the Jays were set to insert Happ into Brett Cecil’s spot in the rotation. Except Cecil pitched well Tuesday and followed that up with another strong outing Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre as the Jays fell 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers before 35,975 fans.

Now, as manager John Farrell says, starters will be evaluated on a start-by-start basis.

All eyes turn to Ricky Romero’s start Monday night in Seattle.

Romero has dropped six straight and has a four-digit ERA over that time frame.

Trade deadline: Eventually the Jays will have to move prospects for major league talent, but the Jays do not need one body to get over the hump. Whether it’s before the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday at midnight is another matter. “They have duplicates at short in Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria; they have outfield duplicates (when Jose Bautista returns) ... Plus Eric Thames and Moises Sierra at Vegas,” said one scout. “They can’t play them all.” ... Bautista said at the all-star game he wanted general manager Alex Anthopoulous to add pitching before the deadline. How much? “Well, we lost three,” Bautista said at Kauffman Stadium, “if that’s what it takes.” ... On Sunday, Bautista wasn’t so pushy with the deadline nearing. “All I did in K.C. was answer a question and it was blown out of proportion,” said the two-time defending MLB home run champ.

Seductive second: Three starts ago Cecil allowed a three-run homer to New York Yankee Andruw Jones in the second inning before working six innings, allowing three runs in a 6-1 loss ... Cecil gave up a two-run, second-inning homer to Derek Norris last Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing two runs in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland A’s ... On Sunday, Cecil allowed a three-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the second as he worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs ... The big boppers in the Tiger lineup? The Jays lefty held Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hitless on Tuesday (0-for-5, with one walk) ... Before homering Peralta fouled off four straight pitches from Cecil. Two consecutive balls ran the count to 3-2 and Peralta tagged a hanging curve for his seventh of the season. He had allowed 23 homers in his previous 16 starts ... “Solo homers won’t beat you,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “It’s what happens before the homers. The walk ( to Delmon Young) hurt. He didn’t get a strike call I thought he should have.”

In Game: Tigers right-hander Doug Fister struck out nine, including four on called third strikes -- two by Travis Snider -- from plate ump Scott Barry ... Davis singled over the head of shortstop Peralta leading off the game, stole second, went to third when Gerald Laird’s throw skipped into centre and scored on a Colby Rasmus nubber up the third base line. That was all for the Jays ... Both Davis, the only Jay with two hits, and Anthony Gose stole second against Fister and Laird and went to third on overthrows ... Perelta hit his second homer of the game off Joel Carreno in the ninth ... The mild-mannered Jose Valverde worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save.


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