TURNING POINT Already in a 5-0 hole after three innings, the Toronto Blue Jays passed the point of no return - if there were still any doubters - when Tampa Bay Rays switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro connected on a 1-1 pitch to lead off the fourth inning with a home run, signalling the beginning of the end for Toronto starter Shaun Marcum.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER Tampa utility man Sean Rodriguez, filling in at second base once again, enjoyed a three-hit game, including two doubles, driving home a run on each occasion to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
STARTING PITCHERS While David Price of the Rays was backed by strong offence in grabbing his ninth win of the season on a subpar night, Marcum struggled throughout, giving up seven earned runs in just four innings of work.
NOTES Former Rays bat boy Jesse Litsch will make his season debut for the Blue Jays on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, taking Brian Tallet's turn in the rotation. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the major leagues in more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June 12. To make room for Litsch, Toronto optioned reliever Rommie Lewis to Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday and moved Tallet into the bullpen. Manager Cito Gaston said Tallet's performance in a 9-0 loss to the Rays Tuesday had nothing to do with the demotion but hinted that his future might lie elsewhere. "He knows he's not a part of the new trend we have going here as far as being a starter with so many young guys here, but he can certainly be a part of this team and we wouldn't want to lose him, but you never know, we might put him in a trade somewhere," Gaston said before the game Wednesday.
ON DECK Thursday, at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PROBABLE STARTERS Toronto LHP Brett Cecil (6-2, 3.43 ERA) v. Tampa RHP Wade Davis (5-5, 5.03)
TV Rogers Sportsnet