March 15, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) R.A. Dickey gave up two runs in five innings, Russell Martin drove in a run and a Toronto Blue Jays split squad routed the Canadian junior national team 17-3 on Sunday.

Making his third start of the spring, Dickey yielded four hits, walked one and struck out one on 70 pitches. The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner was shaky in his last outing against Minnesota on Tuesday, allowing two solo home runs in four innings.

''I feel good, knock on wood,'' Dickey said. ''I feel like I've got a good foundation to build off of and that's always a good feeling.''

Martin went 1 for 3 with a double off 17-year-old Mike Soroka that scored Roemon Fields as part of a seven-run second.

Fields, who was a full-time mail carrier before signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in late 2013, added a two-run homer in the fifth.


Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar is expected to miss a week to 10 days of spring training with a Grade-1 oblique strain he sustained after sneezing on Saturday morning.

Pillar, who is in contention for a starting spot, said he sneezed and felt a sharp pain in his right side, but opted not to tell team trainers about the issue until after he was pulled in the fifth inning of Toronto's win over a Yankees split squad. Following treatment, Pillar was advised to rest.

''I don't think this is a big deal,'' Pillar said. ''It's something I played with (Saturday) and something I was prepared with to play today. But they're being very respectful about it and willing to give me a little bit of time.''

Pillar is batting .269 with one home run and five RBIs in 26 plate appearances this spring.


Blue Jays: Dickey said him and Martin have continued to develop strong chemistry with each outing.

''It's coming along well,'' Dickey said. ''He's getting a real idea of how I like to work guys, how quickly I like to work and certain situations that call for different pitches outside of my knuckleball.''


Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons said OF Michael Saunders (torn left meniscus) will appear in a minor league game on Monday or Tuesday to get a couple at-bats at DH, but will not run the bases. ... 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (back inflammation) will begin taking more swings in the cage on Tuesday, but will not be ready to return to the lineup for a few more days. ... LHP Brett Cecil (rotator cuff inflammation) threw a brief session off a mound for the second consecutive day.


Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey and his 17-year-old brother, Tristan, enjoyed a unique opportunity together on Sunday.

With their parents watching from the stands, the two played against each other for the first time with Dalton starting in center field for Toronto and Tristan in left for the Canadian junior national team.

Dalton flied out to Tristan to lead off the first.

''When we found out on the schedule that we would be playing against Team Canada and my brother was on the team, I instantly got excited and I even got a little nervous before the game,'' Dalton said. ''I've never had this experience before. ... To have this moment is something that we'll never forget.''


Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison will make his second start of the spring on Tuesday night against the Yankees in Tampa. The right-hander struck out two and walked one in four shutout innings last Wednesday against Baltimore.

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