Josh Johnson, Blue Jays clobbered by Tigers

Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws to the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, April 11,...

Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws to the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, April 11, 2013. (REBECCA COOK/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

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The Blue Jays’ vaunted new starting rotation doesn’t have a lot of vaunt or anything else except for runs allowed.

The trend continued as Josh Johnson was a one-pitch pitcher, making the shortest start of his career in an embarrassing 11-1 loss Thursday afternoon on a day not fit for man nor beast save for Tigers, the Detroit Tigers.

“Their guy (Tigers starter Doug Fister) went through the same thing, he went out and threw well,” Johnson told reporters in the hallway outside the Jays clubhouse, standing symbolically alongside a fire extinguisher.

“I haven’t thrown a slider for a strike yet, I need that pitch,” Johnson said. “When I’m throwing it for strikes, it’s something hitters have to think about. This is two starts now. It hasn’t happened.

“I didn’t have anything. They were all over my curve for some reason. The fastball was hanging over the plate.”

Johnson said he threw one good curve ball, which Prince Fielder took.


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