Jays Happ-y J.A.'s in the rotation

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ and catcher J.P. Arencibia during the 3rd inning against the...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ and catcher J.P. Arencibia during the 3rd inning against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre during an afternoon game on Saturday April 6, 2013. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

Ricky who?

If J.A. Happ keeps pitching like he did Saturday people might not forget the Blue Jays' forfeited ace Ricky Romero.

But he certainly will make the team's future prospects a lot brighter.

Happ turned in the strongest performance by a Toronto starter yet, limiting the Boston Red Sox to just one hit.

He left after 51/3 innings but it set the tone for the afternoon as he and three bullpen buddies spun a two-hit shutout.

It allowed Toronto to put together a solid effort for the first time this season from an offensive, defensive and pitching perspective.

The result was a 5-0 win, just their second in five games.

Happ was making his first start in the rotation in place of Romero who was left behind in Dunedin, where he hopes to rediscover his touch.

Happ had plenty of touch, consistently keeping Boston's power-hitting right-handed lineup off-balance as he offset a trademark fastball with a tricky change-up.


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