February 20, 2013
Less means Morrow for Jays starter
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
DUNEDIN, FLA. - It is probably fitting that Brandon Morrow, being the last Blue Jays rotation starter standing in 2012, will throw the first pitches of 2013.
It was Morrow who fashioned a three-hit gem over eight innings in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins last Oct. 3 and it will be Morrow who goes to the mound first on Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.
Despite an oblique strain that put him out of action for about 11 weeks from June 11 until Aug. 25, Morrow put together his best season as a starter, matching his 10-7 record of 2011 in five fewer starts, allowing fewer hits and walks per nine innings, resulting in a career-low ERA of 2.96.
Morrow is a very different pitcher today than he was when he arrived at camp with the Jays in 2010 from the Seattle Mariners. In Seattle, he had bounced back and forth between the bullpen and rotation, but the Blue Jays quickly determined they would live with Morrow as a starter through his learni