Blue Jays end disappointing first half with a loss

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (centre) talks to starting pitcher Josh Johnson and catcher...

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (centre) talks to starting pitcher Josh Johnson and catcher J.P. Arencibia as the Orioles score four runs in the first inning in Baltimore, Sunday, July 14, 2013. (Doug Kapustin/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

BALTIMORE - It was over before it really got going.

In a way, that was more or less what has happened to the Toronto Blue Jays in perhaps the most disappointing opening half in their history.

On Sunday, the final day before the all-star break, starting pitcher Josh Johnson was hit early, hard and often by the Baltimore Orioles and the result was a 7-4 pounding that left the Jays with a 45-49 record and nailed down in last place in the American League East.

This from a team that made the biggest bang in the off-season and was just about everybody's pre-season pick to not only win the American League East but advance to the World Series.

Instead, they have been a colossal bust.

It is difficult to pinpoint the biggest disappointment but the right-hander on the hill against the Orioles Sunday is among the most perplexing.


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