There was a time this season when there were legitimate doubts if J.A. Happ would even be a part of the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation. Now, at the mid-point of the season, itís hard to imagine it without him.
The tall lefthander silenced the Chicago White Sox on four hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings on the way to his seventh win, a 7-0 decision that was probably the best of his 11 starts this year. He struck out a season-high eight men.
Going into this game, Happ had been supplied the poorest run support (3.4 runs per game) of any pitcher who has started for the Jays this year. His teammates made amends for that Thursday by setting him up with a comfortable early lead, then built on it.